The Q&A Archives: digging up bulbs

Question: the squirrels keep eating my bulbs and i want to dig them up. when is a good time to do it and how can i maintain them til next year.

Answer: Sounds like a good strategy but the squirrels will mainly dig just to see what you planted. If they happen to find a daffodil bulb, they'll quit exploring. But if they find a tulip, they'll probably continue digging. I'd stretch some chicken wire or hardware cloth or even some permeable weed control cloth over the bed. You can remove it in late winter or early spring, after the ground has compacted and before the bulbs begin to sprout. Or, you can follow through with your plan to dig and store the bulbs until planting time this fall. If you do this, brush off the excess dirt and store them in a mesh bag or even some old panty hose and hang them in a cool dark place such as a basement or even a closet. Best wishes with your bulbs!

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