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Sep 28, 2017 8:21 AM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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I'm having a terrible problem this year with squirrels. They are rampaging and eating everything in my garden! I accept that they will take a few tomatoes and other tasty crops. My biggest concern is flower seeds. They have been eating seed pods of my daylilies and true lilies. Spraying the daylily pods with Critter Ridder works (unless it is very rainy) but how do I prevent them from eating my lily pods? They seem to be jumping from trees and knocking over the stalks to get to the pods. Spraying won't help because they will have already damaged the stalk before they smell the spray. I really want to cross two of my lilies but at this rate I'll never collect any seeds!

These are city squirrels so I don't think flimsy organza bags over the pods will stop them. Is there anything else I can put on the pods to protect them? Do the pods need sunlight to develop? I did buy a walk-in crop cage to protect some crops next year. Should I move all my lilies to where I will set it up? Would now be the best time to move them?

Any help would be appreciated!
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Sep 28, 2017 8:25 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Perhaps if you set up a squirrel delicatessen far from the flower beds the little darlings could be bribed to stay away?
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Sep 28, 2017 9:38 AM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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Unfortunately I live in NYC so my backyard is tiny. There really isn't anyplace far away from flower beds. I do feed the squirrels in winter and they raid my improvised compost heap in the summer. I also have lots of stray cats that use my backyard to stash kittens or as a path to get to other yards. I've seen them catch squirrels so you'd think the squirrels would stay away!

My next-door neighbor can't grow corn because of the squirrels. I've seen the squirrels jump from a tree, knock over the stalk, take off the ear, shuck it and run away with it to another tree to eat it. He was finally able to grow okra this year when I told him to spray with Critter Ridder. That's why I bought the crop cage. They only way I'm ever going to be able to grow corn is inside of one.
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Oct 16, 2017 4:28 PM CST
Name: JadedCrazyGardener
San Joaquin Valley, CA (Zone 9b)
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bxncbx said:Unfortunately I live in NYC so my backyard is tiny. There really isn't anyplace far away from flower beds. I do feed the squirrels in winter and they raid my improvised compost heap in the summer. I also have lots of stray cats that use my backyard to stash kittens or as a path to get to other yards. I've seen them catch squirrels so you'd think the squirrels would stay away!

My next-door neighbor can't grow corn because of the squirrels. I've seen the squirrels jump from a tree, knock over the stalk, take off the ear, shuck it and run away with it to another tree to eat it. He was finally able to grow okra this year when I told him to spray with Critter Ridder. That's why I bought the crop cage. They only way I'm ever going to be able to grow corn is inside of one.

I know this one! In San Francisco we slather peanut butter on apple cores and hang them all over the trees. They would fill up on the peanut butter and leave the flowers alone. Hope this helps. Crossing Fingers!
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Oct 16, 2017 4:48 PM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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Now that's an idea! I have a really old apple tree in my backyard that I could use to hang the cores from. I'll definitely give it a go!

Unfortunately the tree is so old it will have to come down soon (most of it is dead). I'm definitely going to plant another tree but it will have to grow quickly so I can keep using that trick.

Thanks for the tip!
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Oct 16, 2017 9:15 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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The only problem with feeding the squirrels is that now they will never leave. They'll eat some peanut butter and have a seed pod for dessert. And bring their friends and family along with them.
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Oct 17, 2017 4:47 AM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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Too late for that. The squirrels moved in years ago-eating apples from the tree.

They used to mostly dumpster dive for food but the skunks & raccoons have raided that before the squirrels get a chance.
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Oct 17, 2017 12:23 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Ah. Skunks and raccoons and squirrels. It's survival of the fittest.

I wish there were an easy way to get rid of squirrels. I have more than my share. Dang little rodents.
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Oct 17, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I feel your pain, Elena. We are in rural NM and everything I planted got eaten by rabbits, deer and squirrels. I tried all of the critter deterrents and none worked well for very long. Now everything has to be planted with hardware cloth mesh around and over them. We will soon be working on a fenced area to keep most of them out, but squirrels will still get in. They are a big pain!
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Nov 7, 2017 11:19 AM CST

I purchased an entire deer fence kit from www.bennersgardens.com It came with a 2'h rodent barrier/chew guard that works great for keeping out squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs and all the other little annoying critters....
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Nov 7, 2017 11:39 AM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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I see two solutions:
Either cage everything dear to you or relocate those Critters to a friendly park with the help of a kind Havehart trap.
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Nov 7, 2017 12:14 PM CST
Name: Karen
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@amandalm55, please let us know how the kit works out for you. I definitely need to do something quickly.
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Nov 7, 2017 12:16 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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But wait! Get a hawk! Apparently there's a hawk (don't know what kind) in my extended neighborhood. Last week 3 different people saw the hawk swoop down and carry off a squirrel. (different instances) Lock up the cats and dogs and kids! But send that hawk to get the squirrels in my yard!

Word is that the hawk tends to hang out on the steeple of an older church about a mile from me.
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Nov 7, 2017 1:45 PM CST
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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We have a neighborhood hawk also but it seems to prefer mourning doves to squirrels☹️.
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Nov 7, 2017 1:46 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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We also have several neighborhood hawks but we always have too many squirrels and chipmunks.
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Jul 27, 2019 6:46 AM CST

Squirrels seem to wait until my tomatoes have turned red to chew out a hunk or run up a tree to smile back at me as they gorge. I have started picking mine just as they start to redden to save them from my army of tree rodents. They continue to ripen sitting in the safety of my kitchen.
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Jul 27, 2019 9:46 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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That is how I know my figs are ripe: they redden, tip downward, and have a bite out of them.
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Jul 29, 2019 7:24 PM CST
Portland, Oregon (Zone 7b)
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Ursula said:I see two solutions:
Either cage everything dear to you or relocate those Critters to a friendly park with the help of a kind Havehart trap.


It is illegal to relocate animals considered "pests" in some states, so check with your local laws first. I agree it is better to cage the plant.
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Jul 29, 2019 7:25 PM CST
Portland, Oregon (Zone 7b)
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Do you remember the book, "The King, the Mouse and the Cheese"? Get a rat terrier to chase the squirrels. Smiling
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Jul 29, 2019 7:26 PM CST
Portland, Oregon (Zone 7b)
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bxncbx said:Unfortunately I live in NYC so my backyard is tiny. There really isn't anyplace far away from flower beds. I do feed the squirrels in winter and they raid my improvised compost heap in the summer. I also have lots of stray cats that use my backyard to stash kittens or as a path to get to other yards. I've seen them catch squirrels so you'd think the squirrels would stay away!

My next-door neighbor can't grow corn because of the squirrels. I've seen the squirrels jump from a tree, knock over the stalk, take off the ear, shuck it and run away with it to another tree to eat it. He was finally able to grow okra this year when I told him to spray with Critter Ridder. That's why I bought the crop cage. They only way I'm ever going to be able to grow corn is inside of one.


This is, in part, why I grow popcorn, not sweet corn. They don't seem so eager to get at it.

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