August 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm #257261
I am trying to get seedlings to grow in my garden, however my resident possum seems to keep ripping them out and eating them. so far all my seedlings besides beetroot and red cabbage are gone and i have had about 10 lavender plants ripped up. from single shoot upstarts to larger $20 plants.
Any advise on how to get rid of possums would be appreciated.
However as soon as I get rid of one a new one moves in.
So How can I protect my plants from the possumsAugust 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm #527505
as you learnt maybe? relocating them is not the answer, living with them is some things to consider:
fence your garden no nearby trees or over hanging trees, fence about 2 meters high with substantial gate around the top on the outside fix flat tin app’ 20″s wide or even a foot, you see the greens stuff atop fences along the highway, that is what you need to work to, this is probably most effective method dear at first but only once up.
put in a nesting box and a feed station at opposite end of garden, feed fruit but not lots this will keep them away from the garden, dunno how effective it is but many do it.
more hit and miss is:
lay hottest chilly past where they walk, when they preen themselves this get into their eyes and mouths supposed to deter them, does no damage to the animal.
lenSeptember 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm #527506
If you have trees within ~3-4m of your fence that you don’t want to cut down then ring them in Sheet metal ~2 foot wide (be careful not to constrict tree check it regularly). You can add a floppy top to a 1.8m fence – pointing out a couple of feet use plastic tube to make an arc. The possums climb up fence but as they try to climb floppy part it drops down making them fall off. In my experience total exclusion is the only way – while you may get away for a while with stuff out side the fence sooner or later the possums decide they like stuff and strip it bare.September 4, 2012 at 11:39 am #527507
Hi, Thank you both for your comments. I have decided to build poly tunnels over my garden beds. In sprong/summer I will cover them in bird netting, in winter Agriculture plastic, this will help protect plants from the frost.
I will let you know how it goes.September 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm #527508
Chilli is a good one, dad used to hang blood and bone in stockings around the citrus tree too
They would eat the skin and leave the nude fruit on the tree.October 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm #527509
i used to be a bit soft about Possums as they are quite cute but I soon hardened up after having my garden decimated…I personally wouldn’t use poison, we use a humane trap and my husband ‘relocates’ them undergound! Local lore has it that if you move them elsewhere it has to be more than 10 klms or they will come back.
One of the locals here has caught 175 possums in his garden in one year!October 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm #527510
It seems the way they solved the problems in the past might have been delicious.I couldn’t find the original recipe but Im sure a variation on rabbit pie would be close.
*dont think its legal outside NZ and TasmaniaOctober 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm #527511
I am the complete opposite to you all. I am actually trying to encourage more native wildlife into my garden including possums. I have found that increasing native vegetation provides a good amount of habitat for all the local fauna and have had few problems with possums attacking my veggies..October 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm #527512
I have a book here called “A guide to living with wildlife”, and it says “Relocation of possums results in their death and is illegal.” Relocating possums doesn’t work anyway because it crates a vacant territory which will likely be occupied very soon by another possum. It mostly talks about issues with possums living in the roof and how to avoid that.. hmm.. but generally they do suggest making a floppy fence on existing pailing or wire fences.. or hot english mustard smeared on the fruits the possums are destroying. Other suggestions are “Deter” (some kind of spray on product), garlic spray, or blood and bone around the base of plants. Tree collars around important trees and pruning vegetation that act as pathways for them to access your garden.
I’d love to see more of them in my garden, personally. I noticed most people around here who are in possum and roo hotspots have a protected food garden, with wire and netting around the whole thing. Here in town though, I don’t get to see them often at all, and to me, that’s sad.October 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm #527513
I used to volunteer to help injured wildlife through wires, we never looked after male brush tail possums as they are always monstered to death by the resident male possums after you release them. There were no exceptions to this, they always met the same fate no matter where they were released, it was heartbreaking, which is why we stopped looking after males. Females often had a chance if they were strong enough, but they in turn would usually displace another possum.
Strangely if the number of brush tail possums is lowered the numbers and variety of other native animals often increases. Many of the small possums can not cope with brush tail possums and many birds do not have safe nesting places that brush tails can not get at them. Things would have been different prior to Europeans coming to Australia, but that is how things are now.
In NSW it is illegal to trap possums without a license. The license to trap them is free and easy to get: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/RemovingAPossumFromYourRoof.htm
You are also not allowed to relocate them more than 100 meters from where they were caught. Which makes trapping them kind of pointless unless they are in the roof and you have blocked up all entrances.October 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm #527514
As I initially said I used not to want the possums to be harmed but it has become apparent to me that here, in my situation, it is the only option if I want a vege garden. I live on a 17,000 hectare farming property…not mine I hasten to add, possums are routinely shot on sight here & their numbers still seem abundant. I haven’t the luxury of planting more native vegetation for them or indeed of building a possum proof enclosure for my garden.
Judging by the numbers killed on the roads here and anecdotal evidence possums in Tasmania are thriving and I wouldn’t be at all suprised if it is to the detriment of other native animals and birds.
People have no idea of the reality of life on farms…no one gives a monkeys if possums are protected or not…actually I don’t think they are as I have seen possum meat openly for sale in the farmer’s markets in Hobart and I think Lenah Game meat also sells it along with Wallaby meat.October 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm #527515
Could you perhaps try those stinky camphor blocks in among your plants? I have heard (but not tested) that possums hate the smell of vicks etc and the main constituent in vicks is camphor…or mothballs. if you put them in old margarine containers or some such thing and poked holes in the sides it would stop it contaminating your garden or getting ruined by the rain.October 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm #527516
lostinthefog post=349404 wrote: As I initially said I used not to want the possums to be harmed but it has become apparent to me that here, in my situation, it is the only option if I want a vege garden.
People have no idea of the reality of life on farms…no one gives a monkeys if possums are protected or not…actually I don’t think they are as I have seen possum meat openly for sale in the farmer’s markets in Hobart and I think Lenah Game meat also sells it along with Wallaby meat.
A quick google seach turned up that possums are protected in tasmania too: http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/SJON-52F54T?open
They would have a license to harvest and sell possum meat, you find it for sale rarely in NSW too and it is under strict licensing. I personally do not think brush tail possums should be protected as they do a lot of damage to other wildlife and native plants.
Perhaps I should be more direct in what I was saying, as you are on a public forum it is not wise to openly say that you are contravening any laws. :whistle:October 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm #527517
Of course it all depends upon where you live and the species of possums you have. I am not sure of the species I find locally but they seem fairly timid and dont do any obvious harm. In fact I find them quite cute;
This little fella loves the Grevillia in front of the kitchen as its probably quite tasty and provides shelter on cold winters nights.October 5, 2012 at 11:24 pm #527518
Thats a little cutie Porgey 😉
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