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Don't Let the Squirrels Eat Your Bulbs

By sandnsea2
September 24, 2011

When you plant bulbs, the squirrels love to dig them up. To prevent this, I sprinkle Super Phosphate liberally wherever I have planted bulbs and no varmints will dig there. They must not like the smell. It really works! Plus the super phosphate is a good fertilizer for the bulbs.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Sep 23, 2011 7:02 PM CST
Lots of my bulbs are eaten by various critters. I need to try this. Thank you! Thumbs up
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sandnsea2
Sep 23, 2011 7:07 PM CST
Unfortunately Vic, it will not work for voles, who approach the bulbs underground. It just seems to work for the above ground scavengers.
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RickCorey
Sep 23, 2011 7:31 PM CST
Thanks! I saw many gnawed bulbs until I turned those beds into Stalag Hyacinth with chicken wire, bricks and hot pizza pepper flakes. And the hot peppers don;t last past the first rain or two (day or two).

I'll find out if super phosphate deters neighborhood cats from confusing my raised beds with litter boxes. I understand them not wanting to use picks and mattocks to break up the local clay, after all they have no thumbs, but KEEP OUTA my beds!

I bought a "Super-Soaker" with which to make my point more persuasively, but all that accomplished was to make them slightly less languid as they saunter away ... and convince my neighbors that I'm loony and/or dangerous.

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Aguane
Sep 23, 2011 7:41 PM CST
I wonder if super phosphate in the attic would prevent roof rats? Wonder if bags hanging from citrus trees would prevent them from being attracted to citrus. We in Phoenix Metro are an island with a smattering of roof rats in some neighborhoods that have citrus.
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valleylynn
Sep 23, 2011 8:36 PM CST
Thank you for the great tip about super phoshate. For the underground critters I plant Euphorbia. It keeps all bulb eating critters away.
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vic
Sep 24, 2011 3:02 AM CST
So between super phosphate and Euphorbia, I should be able to do well with bulbs! Thank You! Thumbs up
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ge1836
Sep 24, 2011 4:08 AM CST
I vote for Cayenne Pepper from the bigbox stores.
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Sep 24, 2011 4:17 AM CST
Never heard of super phosphate - will I find it at my local big box store?
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sandnsea2
Sep 24, 2011 6:27 AM CST
Yes, Mary, they should have it. I buy it in 25 lb. bags from the local Farm store.
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careyana
Sep 24, 2011 12:13 PM CST
Definitely need to try this - the tree rats have been really bad this year with the drought.
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LindaTX8
Sep 24, 2011 2:33 PM CST
I've heard too much about adverse effects of superphosphates...I'm staying away from them.
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Sep 24, 2011 3:22 PM CST
I certainly understand your concerns, Linda.
Espoma puts out one that they say is non-toxic and environmentally friendly. http://www.espoma.com/p_consumer/quick_sol_overview.html

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