Squirrels and roses - Knowledgebase Question

Westerville, OH (Zone 5B)
Question by sawojo
April 27, 2007
Is there a way to keep the squirrels from ruining roses and other plants? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
April 27, 2007


Dealing with squirrel is tough, but there may be some help for you. One of the easiest solutions is to cover the soil around planting beds with sheets of 1-2 inch diameter wire mesh. Squirrels don't like to walk on it. Another suggestion is to 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!

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