How to Control Possums in Melbourne 50


Possums are the bane of most gardeners, in the leafy inner eastern suburbs of Hawthorn, Kew, Camberwell, Malvern, Toorak, Glen Iris and beyond. I frequently get asked the best way to “deal with them”. Here’s my thoughts on the issue and how best to stop them damaging your garden.

How to control possums melbourne

Why do we have a possum problem in Melbourne?

Many of the evergreen, native trees such as Eucalypts, have been removed from the Boroondara and Stonnington area. These trees were replaced with deciduous trees, such as Planes, Oaks, Maples and Ornamental Pears. The proliferation of deciduous trees has caused the problem on two fronts. Firstly, and most importantly, removing most of the native trees has reduced the habitat of the possum’s only natural predator, the owl. With less owls, the possums have bred like rabbits and the population has exploded. To paraphrase Bill Mollison and his slug/duck paradox, “We don’t have a possum problem, we have an owl deficiency”.

How to control possums in Melbourne

Roof spaces and other nooks and crannies in buildings, have provided perfect nest sites, for many more possums.

Excessive development of the area, has removed the number of trees habitable by owls. At the same time, increasing the size of roof spaces and other nooks and crannies in buildings, have provided perfect nest sites, for many more possums.

Deciduous trees cause another problem, in providing seasonal variation of food for possums. In spring, the trees burst out of their dormancy with a mass of new growth and blossom. This new growth is tender, tasty and very nutritious to the possums. The abundance of new food supports a larger number of possums per area, than the native Eucalypts. The food supply continues into summer, with all of our tasty fruit crops, that the possums happily devour, seemingly, the day before we are about to pick our crops. All of this food allows possums to breed up and occupy smaller and smaller territorial spaces. Suddenly, in autumn, the deciduous trees drop their leaves, and the last 6 months of abundant possum food disappears almost overnight. In autumn and winter we have the problem with too many possums, and not enough food! So the hungry possums begin to explore areas that they haven’t previously. They come down from the trees, in search of those tasty winter veggie seedlings you’ve put in. Passionfruit vines, camellias and any other tender evergreen trees become winter staples for them. Often these evergreen trees succumb to overgrazing by possums in late winter and never recover.

Possum Territorial Behavior

Possums are very territorial creatures. They actively defend their territory from other intruding possums. Understanding this can help to avoid some frustration.

If you trap possums (remember trapping possums IS ILLEGAL), then DO NOT release them at a local park or reserve. Doing so releases the possum into a hostile territory that is already occupied by other possums. The established possums will harass the new “intruder” which usually results in a slow, stressful and cruel death. If you are going to trap possums, then please have the decency to dispatch them quickly and humanely yourself.

By trapping and removing a possum from your property (either by relocating or destroying it) you are creating a territorial vacuum. This vacuum will just reduce the pressure on the population and allow another possum to quickly take its place. It’s a futile task, and only encourages the possums to breed more. I have had several clients proudly tell me that they have trapped up to 100 possums per year. What a waste of time and energy!

Give up on trapping them. You’re not going to make the least bit of difference to the population. Accept the fact that they are here to stay. It’s time to live and work with possums.

Are you planting a lifetime of frustration?

With possums here to stay, it’s worth planning and planting your garden so that you work with them.

To start with, avoid planting deciduous trees in your garden that possums love to eat, but only provide seasonal food. Maples and Silver Birch are two, that possums love to eat and don’t handle their persistent grazing so well. If you really want to grow an ornamental, deciduous tree, try a Manchurian pear or an Oak. Possums love them, but their strong growth seems to support being grazed far more readily, than other varieties. Better still, plant some indigenous Eucalypts and other trees to try and help restore the owl/possum balance.

Don’t plant lots of tasty produce and make it available to tempt hungry possums. Grow food that they don’t like to eat, or when they are not as hungry (spring and summer). Or if you must grow food that they also like to eat, then you need to come up with strategies to protect your food.

Is it really possums doing the damage?

How to control possums in Melbourne

Often possums get the blame for damage actually caused by rats

Quite often possums are getting the blame for damage actually caused by rats. Possums don’t usually like citrus leaves or their fruit. Often lemons and other citrus fruit are found with the rind entirely eaten off the fruit, leaving the segmented pith hanging from the tree. This isn’t possums, but rats. Often if you inspect the trunk or main branches of the citrus tree, you’ll see that the rats have also been chewing the bark.

If you’re noticing that only the fruit of your crop is being eaten and the foliage is intact, that’s also probably rats. I’ve seen rats cause a large amount of damage to chillies, broad beans, tomatoes and sweet corn. I’ve seen where they have eaten carrots, leaving a perfect carrot-shaped hole in the ground. I’ve also had rats eat the small broccoli and cauliflower heads as they start to form, and left the rest of the now useless plants.

Before blaming possums and starting World War Three with them, it might be a good idea to try some rat control methods first.

Still convinced you need to do something about the possums? Read on!

Methods for protecting plants and crops from Possums

I’ve tried many methods of protecting my crops from possums. I’ve had mixed success from all of them. What works for one space, doesn’t necessarily work for somewhere else. Usually a combination of some of the methods below works best. To be honest though, if a possum is hungry, there’s not much you can do to stop them.

The most important thing when controlling possums is to avoid them forming damaging feeding habits in the first place. If a possum is used to feeding on your delicious roses or veggies every night then it’s more trouble stopping them, than if they never knew the roses and veggies existed in the first place. Of course, it’s not always possible, but prevention is better than a cure!

Netting and other enclosures

If it’s done well, this can be a great way to prevent possums from damaging your crops. There are two ways to do this

Temporary netting can be draped over fruit trees or hung on temporary framework, made out of star pickets, timber or poly pipe. Just make sure you remove the netting prior to the leaves falling off. Otherwise, it becomes nearly impossible to remove the net, without damaging the tree. Temporary netting is more applicable for keeping birds off trees, than possums.

Permanent netted enclosures are a much better idea. There are many ways to do, this depending on the size of the area. Just remember that possums are great at finding entry through even the smallest of holes. Netted enclosures can also double as a chook or duck run!

If you’re going to rely on netting your fruit trees or using enclosures, make sure you plant dwarf varieties. This means the trees will stay fairly small and netting will be a manageable task.

How to control possums in Melbourne

Permanent netted enclosures are great for keeping birds and possums from stealing all of your fruit. They can also double as a chook or duck run.

Possum alarms

How to control possums n Melbourne

Motion activated possum alarms can be effective in many situations. They also seem to be effective against rats.

There are now many variations of possum alarms on the market. We’ve trialed a few and have had mixed success. The only consistency between them, is that all of the alarms come from suppliers, that claim they are the panacea for all possum problems!

Most of the alarms are motion activated and will play a sequence of noises (often high pitched and inaudible to the human ear). Some of them also have flashing strobe lights. Some are battery operated, some are mains powered and some are both.

They can be a great solution for protecting a small area. They are non-invasive, inconspicuous and more subtle, than some of the other control methods listed here.

If you own dogs, then please take their needs into consideration when installing these alarms. We’ve found that some dogs are undisturbed by the high pitched noise, but others are quite upset by it.

We have a few demo models available for our regular clients to loan to trial. We can supply and install new models for you if you decide that they are right for you after the trial.

Electric Fences

I haven’t tried these myself, but I recently came across a product called “Pingg-String“. It was being used by a fellow gardener in Northcote and they have had tremendous success with it. It’s not the cheapest solution, or easiest to install, but certainly worth considering. There’s also a solar powered option. Install them along your fence perimeter and keep the possums out for good!

Garlic and Chilli Sprays

There’s a lot of “natural” or “organic” deterrent sprays available commercially. You can also make them yourself. It’s a lot of effort to remember to spray your plants regularly with a garlic and/or chilli concoction. Water from rain or the hose washes it off. I’ve seen entire chilli plants destroyed by possums – chillies and all so I’m not sure why the sprays are going to be effective. It does apparently work for some gardeners, but I’m definitely not convinced on this method.

Blood and Bone

I stumbled across this method several years ago. It works very well for short periods of time. Blood and Bone is essentially ground up dead farm animals. So to possums it smells a lot like death and best avoided. You can scatter the blood and bone about the yard for a very short term solution.

An even better way to use blood and bone is to stuff a handful into an old sock, stocking or piece of fabric. Tie it up in your fruit trees, or wherever you want to deter possums. Simply give the ball a squeeze every week or so to release the aroma. I’ve heard of gardeners using balls of dog hair to deter possums with similar results.

Feeding Possums

I know, I know, it sounds counterproductive and you have busy lives and possums are pests, etc. etc etc. Personally, I haven’t bothered feeding the local possums, but it makes sense. They are territorial creatures. By feeding a few resident possums you’ll keep them from getting hungry and eating your produce. In return the well-fed possums will maintain their territory for you and keep any of their furry intruding competitors at bay. Just leave your fruit and vegetable scraps in the same place every night and let them do the rest. If you really want to keep your resident possums happy – provide a nest box for them too!

This would be a great way for young children to appreciate nature and share some responsibility for feeding them.

CDs and other shiny things

How to stop possums in Melbourne

Nothing says “tacky eyesore” more than CDs strung up around the garden. They don’t seem to work for more than a day or so either.

A few people swear by hanging old CDs or shiny metallic tape around the garden. I wouldn’t rely on this method alone as they quickly get used to it. It’s also a great way to instantly turn your beautiful, aesthetic garden into a tacky mess.

Stuffed Toys

Old stuffed toys with big beady eyes are great for scaring possums. Much cheaper than those owl, or cat shaped silhouettes from the hardware chains and just as (in)effective. The key to using old toys with big beady eyes, is to move them around every night. Like most of these deterrents, if you don’t move them around, the possums soon work out that its nothing to fear and ignore them.

Garden Lights

There are two types of garden lights to consider for possum control. Motion activated lights work on a similar principle to the possum alarms above. The possum wanders in front of the light and the light comes on. The possum then gets scared and moves on. You can buy cheap solar powered versions from the large hardware chains.

I’ve had great success with flashing fairy lights. You can buy cheap solar powered versions. Avoid sets that are predictable and just flash on and off constantly. You want the sets that will cycle through a series of different flashing patterns. Hang them in the trees that you want to protect and it seems to keep the possums well away.

Dogs

Dogs can be a good way to keep possums from the garden. They can be a pain, if they constantly bark at the possums and the possums just stare back at them, from the fence. The right dog can be an effective possum controller. I’ve noticed some of my clients have erected new pool fences, that have restricted the dog’s access of the whole yard. This has resulted in possums attacking the veggie patch where they hadn’t previously done so.

Restricting access

Possums don’t like to wander across open ground. In fact they don’t like to come down to ground level at all. Quite often you can limit their access to certain spaces, by removing a single tree branch, or cutting vegetation back from the fence line. This will only work in a small number of cases, but can be very effective.

Things that don’t work to deter possums:

Don’t waste your time or money on the following:

  • Spikes for putting along fences. Fences are better known as possum highways. The idea is that you’ll limit their access. Possums happily climb over roses and other prickly plants. They are not the least bit disturbed by the plastic spikes.
  • Cat and owl silhouettes: only work for a very short time and need to be moved regularly. Save your money and use an old stuffed toy with big beady eyes instead.
  • Possum traps: it’s a futile activity!
How to control possums in Melbourne

Gimmicks such as these cat silhouette’s are only effective if you continuously move them to different parts of the yard.

Got your own method for keeping possums from eating plants?

If so, please let us know in the comments section. We’d all be most grateful!

 


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50 thoughts on “How to Control Possums in Melbourne

  • Michael Staindl

    Great article thnak you so much. My wife read recently that Vicks Vapour Rub was a great deterrent. They’re supposed to hate it. Presumably/hopefully also washes off a little less easily than the garlic/pepper spray-on solutions? Haven’t yet tried it for myself though.

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Hi Micahael, yes I have used this method before. I smeared it along a fence (aka possum highway). It didn’t seem to make any difference whatsoever. I’d be interested to hear if others have had a positive result from it though?

    • Rosalie

      I have used Vicks and Vaseline to keep possums off a climbing rose. I had to keep applying it as it seemed to wash off. It stopped them eating the roses but was not a deterrent on the pathway to get there. I tried putting it around the carport to stop them going there but no avail. Full solid fencing works. Floppy fences can work. Pinng strings work if you make sure they are maintained. Fairy lights don’t work. I think the possums eat my lemon tree not rats because the damage happens every time a possum gets in whereas a rat could go any time. They eat the peel off the fruit. They eat the new leaves that stick through the fence. Water squirts work till they get used to them.

  • Kathryn

    We have a couple of possums living near us, one I recognize as she appeared one year with her tail bitten off – a raw wound showing. It was horrible, I thought she would die. However there she is with baby on her back tail healed and still eating all our apricots. After trying everything I now just protect with nets and wire the fruit and veges I have to have- the garden at times looks like a prison camp for plants. I once planted rhubarb, thinking they won’t eat this, but they loved it! All the leaves were eaten, they left me the stalks. I think they used the chilli paste I spread over a branch as a condiment. Good luck with co existence with possums.

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Possums are a pretty resilient species! Chilli plants seem to be one of possums’ favourite plants to demolish, so I don’t think that chilli paste or sprays will ever work against them. Thanks for sharing your possum experience with us Kathryn.

  • Brian Hamilton

    Similar to blood and bone in old socks I put Dynamic Lifter in my old socks and cut up stockings. Possums hate the smell but rats are not detetered. Contrary to what is mentioned here trapping them has made a significant difference to the number of Possums in my garden. They nearly killed my 80 year old Liquid Amber now its thriving after 3 years of trapping. Well worth the effort.

  • Lachlan Hughes

    Fantastic article. So many practical tips and analysis of the various options. In relation to the spikes I agree that the small plastic spikes are no match for possums. After buying and installing a set I noticed a possum back in our liquid amber. I monitored the possum until it came out of the tree and witnessed it walking on top of the fence spikes as if they were not there. I rang the manufacturer and they agreed the small plastic spikes are not suited to possums and are better for stopping the human variety of intruder. However, they now have a new product which are specifically for possums, they are spikes that are clear and each spike is about 150mm high and closely spaced. These appear to be working extremely well (so far). The reason they work appears to be the fact that the spikes are too thin and talk to walk on top of and the possum cannot walk around them. The website possumspikes.com.au – they are thorny devil brand. They are not stocked at all hardware stores but the site has a stockist list. I am not affiliated with the company or website.
    Obviously you have to make sure any other access areas are eliminated and other methods might be needed – eg tree trunk collars etc….

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Hi Lachlan,
      I’m glad to hear you’ve had success with those spikes. We’ve also tried the really long spikes and they didn’t work for us, the ringtail possums just went straight over them. Maybe they keep brushtails at bay though? Thanks or sharing!
      Good luck and Happy Gardening!
      Duncan

  • Joanne

    The possums in my back yard devoured a mature Sugar Gum (35+ years old), over 3 seasons it was dead. A wattle tree I planted 8 years ago gets stripped of flowers and leaves for the top 2/3 as well. We have had other losses over the 10 years we have been in this property in Boroondara, but they were exotic plants (Japanese Maple, haven’t seen flowers on our deciduous magnolia for 5 years now). Our experience its that the possums do adapt and change their diet to suit what’s available, so it doesn’t matter what you plant unless it’s Oleander! Native or not, no vegetation will support a population explosion like we have been experiencing. Agree, they have no predators like in 1975 when the Act was brought in to protect them, so lets fix it, otherwise we will also lose our botanical diversity and hence diversity of birds and bees and other insects as well.

  • Kate

    Thanks for a great article. I’ve just started researching options to deter possums from my garden. We are on 3/4 acre in Qld surround by other acreages. Normally I like possums, and I’m happy for them to stay in the big gum trees on our property. But not happy they are eating my seedlings and passionfruit vine. I’ve recently setup a big raised veggie bed area (possums haven’t found that yet) and have a large number of fruit trees recently planted. The passionfruit are growing up a fence so the possum can just walk along and have a midnight snack. They also ate the tops off some pumpkin seedlings, I covered them with chicken wire and they are recovering nicely. But the wire will have to come off soon once they vines start growing through. I don’t think it’s practical for me to permanently cover fruit trees, veggies, passionfruit vines and the like from the possums.

    So I’m looking at what other options there are. Came across the “Pingg String” and thought that could be a good option or something like it for along the fence. Even possibly around the orchard.

    Haven’t found many positive reviews whether the sonic devices actually work, we also have a dog, so think that could bother her.

    Wondered about motion sensing lights, did you have any success with them? or just the fairy lights?

    Have you had any experience with the motion activated sprinklers that squirt a burst of water in the direction of the movement to scare off pests?

    Open to any suggestions.

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Hi Kate,

      I haven’t trialed motion sensing lights or motion sensing sprinklers. Perhaps some of our other gardeners out there can give you some feedback? If you do give them a try, please give us all an update!

      Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

      Duncan

  • Christine O'Riley

    I use Lapsang Sousang Tea as a spray, works well but you have to spray again after rain. I now feed my possums, I find it stops them eating my plants. They like apples and bananas best, I just buy cheap ones, still cheaper than replacing all the plants they eat. I don’t have names for them yet but the babies are really sweet and some of them eat from my hand and let me pat them.

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Sounds like you’re really learning to live with the possums Christine! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

      Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

  • Michael

    I politely stared the resident possum in the eyes and told him that if he eats any of my food, then I’ll eat him (wouldn’t really, but he doesn’t need to know that). Haven’t seen him since.

    Also placed a heap of kebab skewers in the garden (pointy side down) about 1 inch or so apart, dotting it everywhere to ensure that any possum (or cat) which entered would have a very uncomfortable time.

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Ha! Great one Michael. Glad that it’s worked out for you.

      Thanks for the tip about the kebab skewers.

      Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

      Duncan

  • edward

    Arlec Laser projector purchased at Bunnings for $79.99. At night pointed into a half dead Liquid Amber and turned on the red/green star burst mode. The tree becomes covered with pulsating laser light. Possums can’t eat what they can’t see. The only downside is it has a max 6-hour timer so have to get up and reset. Seems to be working, no possums in the tree during laser show and tree growing new buds.

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Sounds interesting -although the idea of having to reset every 6 hours seems a bit tedious! Thanks for sharing Edward. Good luck with it all!

  • Conrad

    I just brought an avacado tree to plant, but before I could choose a spot, a possum dragged it off my deck last night and ate most of the leaves and chewed off half of the bark. I think I’ll be betting that one with the rest of my veggie patches 🙁

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Ahhhh!!!! What a pain Conrad. Good luck with keeping them out of the veggies this summer. Hopefully some of our tips will work for you.

  • Maya

    Moth balls in a stocking hung from trees or in the vegetable garden seem to keep the possums at bay. Lasts longer than cloudy ammonia or vapour rub. Moth balls are available cheaply at $2 shops. Good luck!

  • Lauren

    Thanks for all this great info. Is there a list of plants possums are unlikely to eat? I’m on a rural block and feeding one dominant possum with compost from the kitchen, but I’d like to establish some shrubs and ornamental flowers around the house to improve the landscaping. My vegie garden is completely enclosed.

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Hi Lauren,
      Possums are fickle creatures and what seems less popular to possums in some gardens are a treat for possums in other areas. In the veggie patch, we’ve found nasturtiums, tomatoes and pumpkins are left alone by possums. Native/Indigenous trees and shrubs tend to fare pretty well also – or at least handle the grazing by possums much better than introduced species.

      It might be a case of trial and error for you. Please let us all know how you get on!

      Good Luck and Happy Gardening

      Duncan

      • Michelle

        They love our tomatoes! They wait till they are just about ripe – nice and red, then pluck them from the plant. We put up chicken wire around the tomato plants, but they reach in and grab them. I will apply some blood and bone, and see how that goes.
        I have just about given up on growing any more vegies – especially after they stripped my parsley and corriander plant!
        I noticed they are not interested in the cucumber (as of yet).

        • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

          Hi Michelle,

          How frustrating. It may also be rats eating your tomatoes. In the past we’ve had problems with rats stealing clients’ tomatoes. It would definitely be possums eating the parsley and coriander. In one of our clients gardens I’ve noticed that they really love flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, but don’t generally touch the curly leaf. So it might be worth trialing a few different varieties to see if they leave any of them alone.

          Good Luck!

          Duncan

  • Christine O'Riley

    My possums used to eat my pansies down to the stem now they leave them alone, used to eat my strawberries now don’t. I find there are certain flowers they don’t like, alllysum, snap dragons, sweet peas, geums are some. Yesterday I bought some petunias to plant today, this morning not a flower in sight, little buggars. I grown species geraniums and they love them as well, they don’t like poppies either, as for trees and shrubs I dont have a problem. Why won’t they just eat the weeds? I do feed them nearly every night though as I heard that if you feed them they won’t eat your garden. I feel like a zoo keeper preparing their food every night.

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Just like people, different possums have different preferences. It would be great if we could all have possums that only eat the weeds! Thanks for sharing your experiences Christine.

      Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

  • Robyn

    I grow organic apples that I have espaliered in a small side garden. Each spring, when the apples are the size of a pea, I use little ziplock bags and bag each and every apple. This results in zero disease, zero insect damage and so far, zero bird or animal attack. I guess if they can’t smell the fruit, they don’t know it is there. The bags are a bit tedious to put on, but it is a once only thing. I get the bags in bulk from Costco. They work out cheaper than spraying, netting etc.

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Interesting idea Robyn. I can see how these could benefit in some situations and I’m glad it is working for you. Thanks for sharing. For anyone else wanting to give this a try, I would consider cutting a corner off one of the bags to allow air to flow. Otherwise, you may run the risk of fungal diseases developing. There’s also a risk of cooking or burning the produce inside the bag if it has harsh sun directly on it. I’ve seen similar exclusion bags made out of flywire, these have the benefit of allowing air to flow around the fruit.

      If anyone else has experience with using a similar method, please let us know.

      Duncan

  • Bren

    I have too many possums in my backyard. Some camelias come into bud then theyre eaten I have never had fruit off any of my trees except for the apples. My veg garden is totally enclosed with netting, nothing gets in. Have a huge oak tree that the possums eat all the acorns at night. So one day I dropped a packet of ratsak under the oak tree. Next day it was all eaten, at that stage i didnt know if it was rats or possums that ate it. The next day two dead possums. Very happy it worked. Now to get rid of the many that lurk around this area. possums haver to be culled, fed up with the noise and destruction they cause

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts on the matter Bren. However, we do not condone the use of ratsack or other poisons to control possums. Poisoning of native wildlife is illegal in Victoria.

      Best of luck with finding a balanced way to live and work with nature. Happy Gardening!

      Duncan

      • Anders Burden

        We encased our veggie garden and put tree netting all around, but before we finished putting the netting around the 2nd patch overnight the possums had eaten most of the bean seedlings. Our best choice after reading everyone’s contributions (and yes shame on the rat sack poisoner) is to encase with fine chicken wire mesh. I’m so glad we found this site before our future crops were decimated.

  • paul neri

    Strategy 6 – I’m experimenting with tying sausage balloons to my silk tree – the idea being the wretched thing digs its claws into the balloon – bang! – possum gets a fright and runs for miles and never comes back but I’m not sure if I haven’t taken leave of my senses. This possum problem gnaws at me day and,of course, night but I’m determined to win!

  • Glenyse Webster

    Last night a gang of possums ripped three big holes in the new netting cage over the fig tree. They ate about two dozen plump, almost ripe fruit; everything on the tree. I hope they’ve all got belly aches today!

    • paul neri

      Wow that is a damaging hit! Stay calm, I know what you’re going through. Coincidentally I had a hit on one of my silk trees last night. Under cover of rain, Big Red, as I call the fat,waddling monster, launched an attack and I didn’t hear him due to the rain. I kid you not, I sleep in a beach tent in the carport so I can protect my tree from Big Red. He (or she) runs past me every second or third night, jumps from a ledge onto the clothes line, stands on two legs and extends his body for a chomp. I blast him with my water cannon and he keeps on chomping for a while then tries to find a different route to the tree. In fact one night he climbed down and took a drink out of a water-filled bowl – the arrogance! Someone said somewhere that nothing stops a hungry possum and I think that’s right. Keep up the good and noble battle and one day … your neighbour might grow figs or something just as appetising !

  • Karin Anderson

    I’ve read that WD40 sprayed on to the top of the fence works. Maybe it works on tree trunks as well. It said WD40 is fish based so may not harm plants. Have purchased a supply – waiting for the drizzle to stop. Will report back.

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Thanks for sharing your insight Karin. I’m pretty sure that WD40 is petroleum based and residues are likely to remain in the soil for a long time. So please use it carefully around the garden.

      If you do give it a go, please do report back!

      Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

      Duncan

    • paul neri

      Applying hair spray to leaves, particularly new growth, seems to work (only practicable on small bushes). The possible presence of the buruli ulcer in possums means we should be careful about coming into contact with possum poo.