What could it be - Knowledgebase Question

Spanaway, Wa
Question by kellydejeans
April 18, 2010
I just moved to Washington and I know we have moles and such, but I don't have any experience with them myself. I planted some bulbs about three days ago and last night something came into the yard and dug up a bunch and ate some Sad they went across the lawn and I can't find any footprints but there are also no new mole holes near the house. Any ideas? Thanks!!

Answer from NGA
April 18, 2010


Newly planted bulbs are like candy to local squirrels. First, they're interested in why the earth has been disturbed (you planted something) and then they are curious as to what might be undergroudn (your bulbs). About the only way to protect your bulbs is to either cover over the soil with chicken wire after you've planted your bulbs, or to cage each of the bulbs in hardware cloth or chicken wire as you plant them. Barriers will keep the squirrels from feasting on your bulbs. I use the chicken wire blanket in my garden. Lay it immediately after planting your bulbs and leave it in place until the ground settles and does not look freshly dug. I remove mine in the fall and the squirrels don't remember that I planted bulbs. Hope this works for you!

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