Backyard battle plan: the ultimate guide to controlling wildlife damage in your garden

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Penguin Studio, May 1, 1998 - Gardening - 218 pages
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A practical, no-nonsense look at the greatest scourge of America's 100 million gardeners -- animal damageThere's a war going on out there, and humans are losing ground literally. The first book to look squarely at the subject, Backyard Battle Plan takes a stand on the fastest-growing threat to our gardens: animal damage. Ecological imbalance and overzealous protectionist policies have produced a skyrocketing population of problem animals. Deer alone number thirty times what they did a century ago. With animal-related property losses totaling $3 billion a year, America's summer backyard -- suburban and urban -- is under siege. But our romanticization of wildlife, argues Backyard Battle Plan, blinds us to our need for a balance of preservation and control, even elimination.A godsend to any gardener whose cherished crops are regularly destroyed, this complete A-to-Z guide defines the enemy: from beaver to problem birds and coyotes to woodchucks; their habitats and the diseases they carry; and control methods from fencing to poison to hunting.Complete with fascinating boxes and sidebars, this is an honest and long-overdue primer on an issue we dare not keep taboo.

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Rutledge, a landscape and forestry professional, presents short chapters on backyard pests--mostly mammals--and includes background information and possible control methods (exclusion, trapping ... Read full review


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Rutledge is a landscape and forestry professional as well as a longtime conservationist.