I’ve tried 2 plastic falcons perched in fence posts- useless. 1 reflective owl with bells-useless. Mothballs in plastic hangers-useless. Cloudy ammonia in plastic jars with a hole in lid and piece of rag coming out top ( like a wick) -useless. My next trial is a handful of blood and bone in old stockings hanging off fence posts and garden shed.
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It certainly seems like you are running a longstanding battle there and have tried just about every trick in the book.
If you want to deter them from eating ornamental and edible crops, it might be worth trying something like Yates 1L Ready To Use Possum Repellent Spray which is a foliar spray you apply directly to the plants.
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I have tried and tested all natural and harmless ideas. I don’t want to harm the possums just deter them. I’m going to try the blood and bone method in the stockings and if that doesn’t work then I will try the Yates possum spray. I’ll keep everyone posted on tips and provide some photos as well. Wish me luck at deterring those little buggers.
I had a different and humorous approach with "chicken wire" over a roofing iron fence and star pickets, but it could be over any boundary.
I tied it well at the bottom but tied the top with bungee chord and 100% success.
They climbed the chicken wire and it bent outwards away from my crops, capsicums , tomatoes, corn, bok choi and when they reached the top they would step off onto the ground hehehehe. They soon got sick of that hehehe, the wire would spring back up like a fence. Cheers.
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Possums are extremely territorial. I was having a real problem in my veggie garden and, because they are a native animal and thus protected I decided to install a possum box on my balcony. I had a new resident pretty quickly and I began hand feeding her with fruit and veg. She actively kept other possums away until an idiot ran her over on the road outside my property. I am now hoping a new possum moves in but so far no luck.
I had a severe problem with Possum eating my fully grown Mangoes or Pumpkins or Oranges when I am about to Harvest a few years back!
I was very keen then to grow all veggies in my small backyard and was committed. Though I had good success with Chillies, Snowpeas, Cucumber, Capsicums, Beetroot, Carrots, Jelaprnos, Lebanese eggplant, partial success with Cauliflower, Cabbage, Tomatoes. It was a total disappointment with possums eating or biting a large chunks of Pumpkin, Mangoes Oranges.
I was able to protect the Vegie patches on the soil which had Plastic Edgers by installing a series of Wooden poles around the patch standing firmly 3feet apart with metal hooks screwed into them at the top, middle and bottom; and later wrapping them with white nylon bird mesh that is sold in Bunnings without leaving a gap anywhere for entry!
These kept the patches in tact without hindering the growth of the plants. The only downside I had was to remove the mesh during Sunny day time so that enough Sunlight comes on the plants and rushing back around sunset to close the Nylon Bird Mesh tightly around the patches such that the nocturnal possums do not have an access.
Many thanks for sharing your solution with the community. That total exclusion method has worked the best for me in the past as well. I left the top open on mine and just had the netting running vertically around the bed's perimeter attached to stakes. I'm not sure if the possums didn't like climbing up the netting, but they didn't get inside. The benefit of the open-top was that I didn't need to pull it back each day.