planting bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Name: audrey fahan
stamford, ct
Question by kfahan
September 20, 2005
is there any true way to plant bulbs and not have them dug up by some critter? i planted hydrangas and tulpis within the last year and just as the hydrangera had 1 little start of flower, the next day it was gone. thank you. kfahan@aol.com


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Answer from NGA
September 20, 2005

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To some extent it depends which critters are stealing the bulbs. If deer or rabbits or woodchucks are eating the blooms off, you can try a commercially formulated repellent spray. These are sold at garden centers. Spray and respray the plants per the label instructions. If squirrels or chipmunks are stealing the bulb itself right after planting it, you can try covering the planting area with wire mesh such as chicken wire, or dip the bulbs in a repellent just prior to planting and see if that helps. In my experience daffodils are the most likely of all the bulbs to be left alone while tulips seem to be a favorite.

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