The Q&A Archives: Pest

Question: Is there anything I can plant in my garden to keep squirels from having lunch?

Answer: There are a number of animal repellent sprays that might help deter rabbits from your garden. Try 'Get Away' or 'Deer Away'. Natural scent repellents such as coyote and fox urine are also available. Fencing can also help; a 1" chicken wire fence needs to be 2 feet high and buried at least 6 inches deep around your flower beds. Consider also interplanting your flowers with garlic, onions, Mexican marigold or Dusty Miller. Bunnies tend not to like their aroma. You can try to scare rabbits from your garden by burying empty pop bottles with the tops poking up a few inches above the ground. The eerie whistle that results when the wind blows can scare them away. Sprinkling blood meal, ground hot peppers or human or dog hair around plants is also sometimes effective. Best of luck!

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