What , or who is eating my tulip bulbs? - Knowledgebase Question

Orient, OH (Zone 5B)
Question by elephant173
July 19, 2005
I live south of Columbus Oh and every morning there are new holes in my flower bed right where the tulips are, nothing else is being dug up, and the whole bulb is gone. Short of staying up all night on a

Answer from NGA
July 19, 2005


I'd bet you have squirrels, bunnies or raccoons raiding the garden at night. Here are a few deterrents you can try; unfortunately, there's no sure-fire way to eliminate marauding critters from your garden. Try sprinkling the plants with cayenne pepper, or sprinkling red pepper flakes around the soil. (You can purchase these inexpensively in bulk at many natural food stores.) Since squirrels' and bunnies natural predators include snakes, owls and hawks, look for inflatable or concrete versions of these predators at your local garden center. Placed conspicuously around your garden, they just might scare the critters away--at least for a while. Spreading lime around the base of your plants may deter them for a while (and it's good for the soil.)

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