We have chipmunks. They're all over our yard. Yes, they're cute, and yes, they may fill you with Christmas joy to the high pitch sounds of Alvin, Simon and Theodore. However, these little critters are destroying the garden that I've worked so hard planting over this summer.
I've planted several trumpet vine, perennials and potted tropical flowers. Out of what I've planted, one tiger lily, two black eyed susans, and one trumpet vine have all been dug up by the root from these little adorable devils. As I went out there just now to water, another trumpet vine looked all withered, but not from a lack of water. Yellow, wilted leaves hung from all of its stems. The plant was pulled out by the roots. I grabbed my bag of Miracle Gro and replanted it, and this time threw some mulch for layering on top.
It was one of my favorite of the vines. It's reach has already stretched out about four feet across our fence and was healthy all summer long. It's just another victim to the devil chipmunks that scurry the grass and dirt in the backyard.
In June, I bought some sort of sonar repellent for the little guys, but for some reason I can't remember, I couldn't use it. I never thought of getting a replacement repellent until now, as the chipmunks seem to be in ultimate feast mode.
When there are so many other things in the world that are more important than a rodent's devastation on a garden, I realize there isn't much to be angry about here. They're just fulfilling nature's way. We are the ones that believe we can control our gardens and everything that goes with them.
I did buy a rodent spray bottle repellent today to try to salvage what's left of the hard work that I put into that garden. By the way, here's the link to that spray, if you are interested. I'm hoping that it works, but in reality, there isn't much that I can do about nature's way. There is so much out of our control in this life, and we can't take our possessions with us into the afterlife. When we realize we really have no control over outside forces, we free ourselves from the stress of the world.
I do enjoy gardening. I spent ten years working at a garden center and continued landscaping after that. I do hope this chipmunk issue goes away, but if it doesn't, there are much more pressing issues in the world.