Flowering plants that will survive rodents - Knowledgebase Question

Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4)
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Question by reecha
April 10, 2005
Can you tell me if there are any perennials or even annuals out there that the squirrels and rabits won't dig up? If none, could you suggest a low cost method to keep these rodents out of my garden?
Thank you

Answer from NGA
April 10, 2005
Rodents can wreak havoc. Usually it seems though that squirrels will dig for old acorns and accidentally damage plants, and bunnies will just eat the plants right to the ground. If you have tunnels and disappearng roots then it may be voles or mice (this tends to happen over the winter) or even woodchucks (these will dig holes and also devour entire plants from spring to fall) rather than squirrels and bunnies doing the damage. Once you are certain what is doing the damage you can try using the spray on repellents either hot pepper wax or the type formulatedf specifically for the animal you have seen and/or, in the case of woodchucks especially, possibly remove the animals. You can also try to fence out bunnies and woodchucks with a wire mesh fence that is bent outward about a foot or so at the base to discourage tunneling in under it. Your local county extension should be able to recommend the most effective methods of excluding or controlling them, or you could contact your local animal control authority for help with nuisance wildlife. Good luck with your garden!

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