Squirrels And My New Aspen Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, IL
Question by mark125
July 25, 2000
We have a one year old Aspen tree and its doing great BUT you guessed it, the squirrels are stripping off the bark. What do I do? I can't shoot em!

Answer from NGA
July 25, 2000


Squirrels are tough to deal with, but there may be some help for you.

The easiest would probably be to cover the soil around planting beds with sheets of 1-2 inch diameter wire mesh. Squirrels don't like to walk on it.

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.

I realize these aren't really simple solutions...but it's not a simple problem! Are you sure that squirrels are the only culprit? Could you also be having trouble with a woodchuck, or a family of rabbits?

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