The Q&A Archives: SQUIRRELS

Question: Last spring squirrels were digging up every tulip I had and eating the bulbs... They even ate the newly formed buds of my rhododendron. I was very upset. Please tell me if there is anything I can do to prepare for this attack this year? I really miss those flowers.

Answer: Squirrels consider tulip bulbs to be the equivalent of candy. There are several things you can try, but if there are a lot of squirrels where you live it may be better to plant daffodils instead. You can try: dipping them in a mole and rodent repellent just prior to planting; applying a repellent spray to the mulch over the planting area using either a commercial spray or a home made garlic and/or pepper based concoction; watering the area repeatedly immediately after planting to settle the soil well; covering the area with wire mesh or old window screens to cage them out, or burying the bulbs encased in cages made of wire mesh. Finally, a pet dog or cat on patrol can also help discourage squirrels from spending too much time in your yard. Hope these ideas help!

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