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smarterwoman
May 22, 2020 6:15 PM CST
The squirrels around our place like to put their nuts in our flower pots. Is there any way to keep them from doing that?
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May 22, 2020 6:20 PM CST
Wire mesh on the soil surface?
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DaisyI
May 22, 2020 7:17 PM CST
The squirrels are probably getting help from the Jays. Smiling I have never worried about it. If I see an oak popping up in a pot, I pull it up.
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BigBill
May 22, 2020 7:22 PM CST
No, the effort that you put into trying to keep them out of the pot might not be worth it.
Some people report some success by sprinkling dried blood ( garden centers carry it as a soil additive) on the soil surface. Some have luck with bone meal. Others use bottled fox urine or similar products to keep them away.
All of these "cures" have to be reapplied. Rainfall washes them away. For my money, I just leave them alone. They rarely damage something.
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gardenfish
May 23, 2020 1:44 AM CST
I have that problem. Just pull out while the seedling is small.
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smarterwoman
May 23, 2020 7:09 PM CST
Thank you all for your reply. They dig down sometimes and uproot my flowers. I will try some of the helpful hints. Thank You!
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sallyg
May 23, 2020 7:36 PM CST
Sure, the uprooting can be bad. Don't want to lose plants.
It seems like everytime I take a plant out of an outside pot, I find ONE whole peanut in the soil. Someone near me must feed them. But always one, Smiling
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Altheabyanothername
May 23, 2020 9:29 PM CST
If you are not opposed to using Milorganite, it keeps the squirrels out. I even feed my containers with alfalfa pellets on top and squirrels or any other rodent have never bothered them. Do everything you need to the containers or pots, water them, then I very liberally put Milorganite over the top. Water avs normal and in 3 or 4 weeks repeat...but after years of doing this, they leave my pots alone and I only do it 3 or 4 times a year. I have three pecan trees in my yard.
Milorganite is relatively inexpensive, but I do not consider it a complete fertilizer.

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Macrocentra
May 24, 2020 1:14 AM CST
I sprinkle some chili pepper flakes around some of the plants I want to stop them from digging in. I find it helps to an extent.
This is more for deterring them from uprooting potted plants, rather than stop them from storing things.
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gardenfish
May 24, 2020 1:19 AM CST
Hot pepper is sometimes used in bird seed mixtures to deter squirrels because it doesn't affect the birds. Hot pepper flakes would be worth a try. I've used a hot pepper spray to keep rabbits from eating my dahlias.
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