Squirrels / Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jybaker
October 2, 2009
Could recommend the best way to protect bulbs from being eaten from yard critters both above and below the soil level. I have heard of planting bulbs in containers, but I'm not exactly sure what type of container is best to use? Also, to combat sqirrels - should I cover the soil with some type of wire so sqirrels can not dig bulbs up? Any advice who be appreciated!

Answer from NGA
October 2, 2009
Lots of critters damage bulbs so I'd use a double approach for protection. One is to make wire cages for the bulbs and the other is to cover over the top of the garden bed with chicken wire or old window screen. Most gardeners make their own bulb cages out of chicken wire or hardware cloth. You can make a basket for each clump of bulbs, or for individual bulbs, or line the entire planting area with the mesh. Moles will not damage bulbs, but voles will eat them and squirrels will dig them up. After planting, cover the area with wire mesh or an old metal window screen will prevent them from digging up the bulbs. I use chicken wire. It lays flat, I can camouflage it with bark mulch, and the bulbs can grow through the openings in the wire. Best wishes with your garden!

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