Squirels Digging In Potted Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Louisville, KY
Question by veelee162
October 22, 1999
How do I keep the squirrels from digging and planting nuts in my outside potted plants?

Answer from NGA
October 22, 1999


That's a tough one. Squirrels are adept at getting from one place to another making it hard to keep them at bay. We often suggest covering the soil around planting beds with sheets of 1-2 inch diameter wire mesh. Squirrels don't like to walk on it. You might try grouping your potted plants and then putting the wire around that area. You can also try pruning trees so the lowest branches are at least 6 feet above ground and placing 2 foot wide metal bands around the tree trunks, positioning them so the bottom of each band is at least 2 feet off the ground. This will discourage squirrels from taking up residence in your yard.

You could also try physical deterrants like strips of aluminum foil fluttering in the breeze around the pots, etc. but animals tend to figure these out pretty quickly. Maybe provide some unplanted pots for the squirrels in a different location and keep your potted plants in an area with more human movement... I hope one of these suggestions helps!

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