The Q&A Archives: Squirrels

Question: This spring the squirrels ate all of my bearded iris bulbs and most of my dahlia bulbs. They just dug them up and then covered the holes. I was not aware until they did not grow and I checked to see where they were. What can I do next year to keep the squirrels away

Answer: Sometimes squirrels are deterred by red pepper flakes, but sometimes they are not. They don't seem to like daffodil bulbs so including them in your bulb bed might be enough to keep them away. If they happen to find a daffodil bulb, they'll quit exploring. But if they find a tulip, or some summer flowering bulbs they'll probably continue digging. I'd stretch some chicken wire over the planted bed this fall after the tops of the flowers freeze down. The chicken wire will keep them from digging and next spring the bulbs will sprout right through the holes in the chicken wire. Best wishes with your garden!

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