How do I control woodchucks?
Woodchucks are a real nuisance and some gardening techniques are helpful.
Woodchucks, or groundhogs, are found in the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, parts of the Midwest, and most of southern Canada. You are most likely to see woodchucks in the early morning or late afternoon, munching on a variety of plants. Woodchucks hibernate during winter. They’re most likely to be a pest in early spring, eating young garden plants.
Fences: A sturdy chicken-wire fence with a chicken-wire-lined trench will keep out woodchucks.
Barriers: Some gardeners protect their young plants from woodchucks by covering them with plastic or floating row covers in spring.
For one person's frustrating struggle with woodchucks in the garden, see The Accidental Farmer.
For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service