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    When Animals Attack...Bog Gardens

    I'm excited that in little over a month I'll be constructing a bog garden at my parent's place in NY. I know they have plenty of furry animals running around their yard. These include: deer, raccoon, cats, squirrels, chipmunks and moles (more likely in the winter). I was wondering if there were any bog gardeners in the Northeastern US that have had problems with any of these critters? If so, what did you do about it? I'm just trying to plan ahead. I'm already thinking of building a moat around it to prevent slugs from munching on the pitchers and flytraps. Wondering if I need to make any other "additions" to impede these furry critters. Your feedback would be much appreciated! Thanks.

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    where in ny?

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    All I have are squirrels planting birdseed in my bog...No other problems though.

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    @Rball - it's in upstate NY...about an hour and a half northwest of NYC.
    @PaulJ69 - I can deal with that! haha.

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    where at i grew up near Binghamton NY

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    Raccoons like to play in the peat, watch out for that. I've had my bog, raised three feet off the ground, vandalized multiple times. That moat will be really attractive to them, as they love to play in water. Birds like to dig around a little, too, and squirrels have been to blame at least once, as evidenced by a few leftover acorns. Opossums, not really, I don't think. Moles, I don't think so, and deer, maybe, if you have Darlingtonia. But they'll probably just step in it and make a mess that way.
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    I'm kind of on the other coast but I have curious and agile dogs that like to poke around in my bog. The one that is raised 3 feet off the ground. Even if it wasn't my dogs, we have infuriating squirrels, clever birds, and various other adventurous critters of the night. I use a frame of plywood and chicken wire to keep the furballs (and featherballs?) out. The frame is light and removable but can be securely latched and locked down. It doesn't look too attractive, but I figure it's more desirable than the twister-just-ripped-through-my-bog look. Just my opinion
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    @Rball - it's in the Hudson Valley Region. In Ulster County. Hot, humid summers and cold-a** winters. Right now I live in San Francisco where the weather is a lot more to my liking.

    @ Lil Stinkpot - I'm thinking raccoons will be less of a problem there (hopefully). I'm more worried about deer and animals that burrow in the ground. I won't be able to grow the Darlingtonia outside in NY but I'm planning on having plenty of Sarrs. I hope the deer won't go after those. That's a bummer about the moat. Maybe I'll have to do a frame around that too like pik suggested.

    @pik - so is this frame you are describing basicall like a portable fence? I was thinking of something like that but was hoping for a more attractive option. You're right though...better than a bog that looks like a twister went through it.

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