The Q&A Archives: Keeping squirrels from eating bulbs?

Question: I am preparing to plant summer flowering bulbs. What can I use to keep the squirrels from digging them up and eating them. I've heard of Ro-pel, where can I buy that?

Answer: Ropel and other garden animal repellents are usually sold in the garden section, you could check with your local store and see what they have in stock. In my experience squirrels do not usually bother the summer bulbs, perhaps because they are planted later in the season when there are other foods available for them by then and they are not busy trying to store their winter stash as they are in the fall. But, there is always a first time for everything. You can dip the bulbs in a repellent prior to planting, you can plant and then water deeply to settle the soil and make digging more difficult, you can top the area with old window screen or wire mesh until the bulbs begin to emerge, and/or you can spray the soil surface with a repellent such as for rabbits and other rodents. I hope this helps.

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