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As odd as it seems, sapsuckers, like their name suggests, feed on tree sap. It’s the way they do it, though, that gets them into hot water with some homeowners and orchardists. We’ve all seen their handiwork, those neat rows of holes -- each about the width of a pencil eraser -- in tree bark. KEITH CORLISS/FORUM NEWS SERVICE

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Challenges facing the home landscaper are many — what to plant, where to plant, how to plant, when to plant. Once in place, there is the ongoing task of maintaining what is already in the ground, which comes with its own set of hardships like diseases and insects. In addition, animals often wreak their toothy brand of mischief on our pricy plantings. Beavers, deer, mice, rabbits, voles, and other chewers keep us constantly looking for ways to thwart them.

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