Photos, not able to do that. Ground Cover Question.

Asked May 22, 2019, 1:31 PM EDT

I have a couple gardens of Pachysandra. One has shade in second half of day, other has sun in middle of day. Both doing well. But I found a ground hog roaming recently. Could have gotten under fence & found hole in pachysandra, 3"'s in diam. You say there is a blight affecting this ground cover, can it be prevented or is there a way to protect it in rather small gardens of 5x5 ft or 15x10 ft? WOuld groundhog be convinced to leave? Do they damage Pachysandra too? Thank you.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

The most common problem in old pachysandra patches is volutella, a fungus that is encouraged by the buildup of fallen leaves and debris in the patch. We recommend cultural measures to manage and prevent. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/volutella-dieback-pachysandra-groundcover

Pachysandra grows best in moist well drained soils in partial to full shade. It will be stressed in sun. With more sun it may be susceptible to a sucking insect called euonymus scale. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/euonymus-scale-shrubs
You can send us photos so we can see what you may be dealing with.

The hole that you mentioned does not sound like a groundhog hole. Groundhog holes are about 8-12 inches. They do not usually eat pachysandra. Here is more on groundhogs https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/groundhogs

Rats can make holes about 3 inches wide and smooth from use. Also, see the link from the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Mgmt which has information on ground hole identification
http://icwdm.org/inspection/GroundHoles.aspx
Marian