The Q&A Archives: Pesty Squirrels

Question: Squirrels are running along my split rail fence, chewing off the buds of my bearded irises. Now, they have also started to pull the whole plant out of the dirt. They have broken the leaves on the plants by chewing.
Is there a safe way to stop the squirrels from doing this?

Answer: Dealing with squirrel is tough, but there may be some help for you.

One of the easiest solutions is 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 might also try temporarily draping some along the top rail of your fence.

Another suggestion is to 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!

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