squirrls - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kands357
June 30, 2010
how do you keep squirrls out of vegetable plants and flower pots

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


The critters are just curious to see what might be planted in the containers. Here are some things to try: cover the soil surface with gravel, large mulch chunks, thorny branch trimmings, or chicken wire. I have the most success with crumpled chicken wire - the squirrels and chipmonks don't want to walk on it for fear of getting their legs caught. I crumple it up and then spread it out a little and set my containers on top. If you have about 12" of the crumpled wire carpet around each pot, the critters will stay away. Leave it in place for 4-5 weeks and the critters will stop visiting the containers and you can remove it. Hope it works for you!

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