From Friends House Garden, Sandy Spring. Can we blame our resident flock of...

Asked April 7, 2013, 8:25 AM EDT

From Friends House Garden, Sandy Spring. Can we blame our resident flock of Canada Geese for the evident damage to our blueberry "bushes"? The smaller, lower twigs have been nipped cleanly off...and left lying on the ground around the plants. Several so-so photos uploaded below. We also have deer and rabbits in the garden, and perhaps a woodchuck, but we think the damage is too low for the deer and too high for the other two.

Montgomery County Maryland blueberries wildlife damage

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It is not likely that your flock of Canada geese are causing the damage to your blueberry bushes. Geese do not feed on woody plants but eat grains, grasses, seeds, sedges and other aquatic vegetation. Certainly the rabbits, deer or groundhog could be the culprit. If it is possible perhaps you should consider placing fencing around the shrubs.