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Question: Squirrels are constantly digging and uprooting my potted plants and occasionally bedding plants. I have tried a store bought mixture of pepper and misc ingredients which only work if the plants don't get wet because then the mixtures dissolves. I was wondering if you had any other suggestions. I was thinking of trying mothballs??

Answer: That's a tough one. Squirrels are adept at getting from one place to another making it hard to keep them at bay. We often suggest covering the soil around planting beds with sheets of 1-2 inch diameter wire mesh. Squirrels don't like to walk on it. You might try grouping your potted plants and then putting the wire around that area. 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. You could also try physical deterrants like strips of aluminum foil fluttering in the breeze around the pots, etc. but animals tend to figure these out pretty quickly. Mothballs don't really work and they're kind of dangerous to have around the garden. Wish I had more suggestions to share with you.

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