One of my clients lives on a lake. They have a beautiful rose garden of about 300 roses which I have maintained for over a year now. I learned early on that I would need to spray deer repellent fairly often as I came upon deer in the driveway and sure enough, they had been browsing on the roses. We had dealt with deer at the nursery so knew what to look for-munched new growth, buds gone.

The effects of roses planted too close to a creek

Last fall I encountered strange damage to the roses and couldn’t figure out what was causing it. Whole canes of roses were cut off at a 45° angle right above the bud union, stripped of leaves and bark and laying all over the garden. Two of the roses were actually dug out and were missing. After further investigation, we found a trail leading to the lake and some more canes floating in the water. Apparently, after discussing with pest control experts, we discovered that hungry beavers were stocking up for the winter. The damage was done in just a few nights over a month period, but it was significant. Now I understand why this client has iron fences around their young trees around the garden. Who would have thunk that beavers would go after the roses? Now you know.

Don’t plant your garden to close to the creek.

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