We were at the pool all day yesterday. I was lulled into a sense of complacency since I hadn't seen the groundHOG in a while. I SHOULD have known. Might have been last nights downpour -- almost every time they come, it's after a big rain: probably gets flooded out of their burrows.
Anyway, found a freshly dug deep hole under the Yucca plant next to the compost pile this morning. Tried sticking the compost tuning tool in the hole as far as it would go but didn't get any reaction -- don't know if it was in there or not.
After walking around in circles wondering what to do, frustrated, I dumped a very ripe, full 5 gal bucket of drowned weeds in the hole and left the stinky pile and the bucket upended over the hole. It WAS going to be for heating up the compost for another round since the temp has come down to 105Ã‚ÂºF from 112Ã‚ÂºF two days ago.
So far, no sign anything came out, nor anything has dug its way back in.
If nothing else, this is going to feed the yucca and the crabapple growing in the same area VERY WELL. Who knows, maybe the it'll help the crabapple kick the Fire blight that's starting to plague it (I REALLY have to go borrow the pole pruner from my Dad). Hmm, flip side, it could start growing new shoots that will get winterkilled.