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Protect your crops and trees against animals

Water in dry areas attracts life. When you are planting with the Waterboxx® or Growboxx® plant cocoon, the water reservoir will be filled with water. The water in the Waterboxx® or Growboxx® plant cocoon can be the only water source for the animal in the area. While planting with the Waterboxx® and Growboxx® plant cocoon, we came across the following ‘problems’:

  • App. 2% of all the planted saplings and seeds are eaten by ants;
  • App. 1% of all the planted saplings and seeds are eaten by mice;
  • App. 0,2% of all the planted saplings and seeds are eaten by gophers;
  • App. 30% of all the installed Waterboxx® plant cocoons has frogs or toads below them after 2 months;
  • In one experiment (Whitewater Preserve California) we had 3 boxes destroyed by a black bear (Ursidae). After the destruction, we did nothing and no more Waterboxx® plant cocoons were touched;
  • The soil under more than 90% of the Waterboxx® and Growboxx® plant cocoons is drained by earthworms within a month after installing;
  • Under all the boxes, even if the soil is rocky, the soil changes rapidly into a soft soil caused by microbes and bacteria;
  • In 3 experiments, 1 in France and 2 in Spain, we had severe damage of wild boar. They want to drink the water from the Waterboxx® plant cocoons. In these places they broke them 100% open.

How do you protect your crops and trees against grazing animals, mice, wild pigs and ants?

How do you protect your crops and trees against animals?

When you plant with the Waterboxx® or Growboxx® plant cocoon, there is a chance that you have to protect your crops and trees against (wild) animals. There are multiple ways to protect the box and your crops/trees, namely:

  • Put an electric fence around your planting place. The electric fence will not harm the animals, but scare them away;
  • Put a bucket or bowl with water near your planting place. In this way the animals have drinking water and they don’t have to break the boxes anymore;
  • When especially birds eat the seeds of the plants, place a net over your crops or tree. Make sure that the crops/tree will get enough light;
  • During one of this trips, Pieter Hoff saw an effective method in India to scare wild boars. In India, the people will hang a shining lamp that is moving all the time through the wind. This is similar to the method of hanging a CD-ROM to scare pigeons.