What Animal is Eating My Garden Plants?
If you suspect that a deer or rabbit is eating your plants, a close look at the damaged plant often reveals the culprit. Look where the plant was bitten. Is the damaged edge clean-cut or ragged?
A neatly clipped plant is a tell-tale sign of rabbit feeding. Often, the cut is angled at 45 degrees.
Rough or ragged damage was most likely caused by deer. Deer don’t have upper incisors (teeth in the front that snip) so they pull and rip their food.
If leaf damage consists of small holes or chewed areas, you likely have slug or insect damage. The University Minnesota Extension webpage What’s Wrong with My Plant? can help you diagnose the problem and suggest treatments.
How Can I Reduce Damage to My Plants from Deer & Rabbits?
List of plants least preferred by deer
List of plants not favored by deer or rabbits
University of Minnesota Extension: Main Garden Webpage
Protecting trees and shrubs against winter damage
Rabbits and trees and shrubs
Coping with deer in home landscapes
MN Department of Natural Resources: Problems with Deer