The Q&A Archives: Squirrels Ruining Yard And Plants

Question: Squirrels are pulling plants out of pots, chewing branches off of my fir trees and smaller trees, dig huge holes in my yard, eat the flowers off of most plants (not impatients, that's the only thing I've found). They are just destructive. I hate them! help.....

Answer: OK...squirrels are tough, but there may be some help for you.

The easiest would probably be to cover the soil around planting beds with sheets of 1-2 inch diameter wire mesh. Squirrels don't like to walk on it.

You can also try pruning trees so the lowest branches are at least 6 feet above ground and placing 2 foot wide metal bands around the tree trunks, positioning them so the bottom of each band is at least 2 feet off the ground. This will discourage squirrels from taking up residence in your yard.

I realize these aren't really simple solutions...but it's not a simple problem! Are you sure that squirrels are the only culprit? Could you also be having trouble with a woodchuck, or a family of rabbits?

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