What to do about squirells destroying new plants - Knowledgebase Question

Rosedale, NY (Zone 6B)
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Question by sbrown29
April 10, 2007
What can I use to ward off Squirels who constantly eat my new bulbs as soon as they are planted. Last Summer they ate through my entire Tulip garden!!!

Answer from NGA
April 10, 2007
Squirrels, chipmunks and voles may all cause damage to bulbs. There are several strategies for protecting the plants. One is to use a repellent spray, these are sold at garden centers. Read and follow the label directions for application on re-applying it. Another is to cover the planting area with wire mesh to prevent the animals from digging. Finally, you might consider planting daffodils instead. The animals love dining on tulips and many other bulbs but seem to leave the daffodil bulbs alone.

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