squirrels ate some of the tomatoes that I planted last year how do I correct that this year - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, Il
Question by willisjeffre
June 22, 2009
Last year the squirrels eat some of my tomatoes. Is there any product that I can get to prevent that this year.



Answer from NGA
June 22, 2009


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. You can also 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! Are you sure that squirrels are the only culprit? Could you also be having trouble with a woodchuck, or a family of rabbits?

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