Squirrels - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, Il
Question by ralphbeegee1
April 5, 2010
I have a problem with squirrels taking a bite out of many tomatoes and climbing on the sunflowers breaking them down.


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Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010

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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 crumpled chicken wire or 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. Another solution is to completely enclose each of your tomato plants and sunflowers with cylinders of chicken wire. Be sure to enclose the tops, too, so the squirrels cannot enter the cylinders. I realize these aren't really simple solutions...but it's not a simple problem!

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