Tulip bulbs & squirrels - Knowledgebase Question

Richland, Mi
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Question by reberg
September 19, 2010
What are some ways to protect tulip bulbs from squirrels eating them?

Answer from NGA
September 19, 2010
It can be difficult to protect bulbs from hungry critters. Squirrels definitely love to eat tulip bulbs! You can try to protect them by planting them deeply and watering them in well, then covering the area with wire mesh such as hardware cloth or an old window screeen. Some people claim success by dipping them in a rodent repellent just prior to planting. Other gardeners devise wire mesh baskets and plant the bulbs in those. Still others have had success using an animal repellent sprayed on the surface of the ground and repeated according to the label instructions. Unfortunately, in my experience a heavy squirrel or rodent population can decimate bulb plantings so I plant daffodils instead because they don't eat those.

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