Irises forum: Those darn squirrels!

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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Oct 10, 2017 6:31 PM CST
Squirrels are digging up my newly planted irises! Some in pots and some in ground.

I've tried the cayenne pepper and cinnamon suggestions but not working. I find rhizomes lying on top of soil Angry Angry

Need Help!
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Oct 10, 2017 8:32 PM CST
They don't like peppermint but peppermint oil is a bit pricey for a whole garden. I have had some success with spreading roughly chopped garlic about in new garden beds. They are horrible to my potted plants so I feel your pain.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Oct 11, 2017 3:32 AM CST
Oh no, Betsy. Thumbs down

If your ground is not too soft, you could try garden fabric staples as they are hard to pull out. I use them to hold down loose rhizomes while they grow enough roots to stay upright on their own or for irises with large bloom stalks that make them keel over. Not sure they will work in pots though.
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Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Oct 11, 2017 7:22 AM CST
Yep, they work in pots as well. nodding If the garden staples are not long enough, you can cut and bend wire hangers to make longer staples for anchoring rhizomes. Be sure to remove them sometime after the rhizomes root into the soil. Whistling
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
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Misawa77
Oct 11, 2017 7:25 AM CST
Cat pee? lol
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Oct 11, 2017 7:56 AM CST
I wonder if little cat droppings would deter them from pots? Hmmmmm. It sounds kind of awful, but manure is manure.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
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grannysgarden
Oct 11, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Cat manure carries stuff you normally do not want in a garden. I have dumped the litter box on snake trails up the north ridge. It does not take much cat litter to keep snakes away. The rule of thumb with manure is use it if the donor is a veggie eater. .... meat eaters no.
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Oct 11, 2017 1:34 PM CST
Cat litter keeps snakes away? Copperheads too? Woo hoo!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
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grannysgarden
Oct 11, 2017 3:09 PM CST
Used cat litter, Leslie. Snakes will avoid cats. I have an abundance of both. I watch big snakes making their way up the hill to get to my flower bed only to stop at the litter and go to the neighbors property.
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Name: Archivesgirl
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Archivesgirl
Oct 11, 2017 3:30 PM CST
Cat pee wouldn't endear you to your neighbors. However, if I were your neighbor you could use all the pee you wanted cause I don't have a sense of smell. nodding The cat pee would compete with the smell of your flowers, though. Sad

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Oct 12, 2017 8:24 AM CST
grannysgarden said:Used cat litter, Leslie. Snakes will avoid cats. I have an abundance of both. I watch big snakes making their way up the hill to get to my flower bed only to stop at the litter and go to the neighbors property.


Just clean litter?

Ironically, while snakes might avoid kitty cats, they seem not to avoid the big cats. At the Preservation Trust I volunteered at we would occasionally get large snakes in the cages/compounds. The tigers would jump away from them. The ocelots on the other hand would eat the snakes. I have watched ocelots that are not much larger than Maine Coons eat 3 to 4 foot snakes whole. Their little bellies would be dragging after that.
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Name: Tiffany Wreathfreshâ„¢
Puget Sound, WA (Zone 8b)
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LivingWreaths
Oct 12, 2017 4:15 PM CST
piksihk said:Squirrels are digging up my newly planted irises! Some in pots and some in ground.

I've tried the cayenne pepper and cinnamon suggestions but not working. I find rhizomes lying on top of soil Angry Angry

Need Help!


When you plant your bulbs, use a sheet of chicken wire over the bulbs/rhizomes so squirrels have a harder time diggjng them out.
Another way to deter the squirrels from eating your bulbs and rhizomes is to provide them with a "better, easier" food source. Put up a squirrel feeder... or better yet, encourage your neighbors to feed the squirrels. :)
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
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Misawa77
Oct 12, 2017 4:23 PM CST
My old family cat (a stray we took in in November - so like six months old) was named:

Squirrel Breath

He was well named.
Name: Barbara
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iciris
Oct 12, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Welcome! to the iris forum Tiffany. Welcome!
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Oct 12, 2017 7:03 PM CST
Welcome! tiffany! hope you stay and join in with the camaraderie on the iris forum.
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Oct 13, 2017 5:06 AM CST
Greg! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Welcome! Tiffany! I tip my hat to you.

You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Oct 13, 2017 5:27 PM CST
That's a terrible name for a poor cat Greg. Hilarious!
Welcome! to the iris forum Tiffany.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Oct 13, 2017 6:55 PM CST
We called him "SB". Nobody asked what it meant except at the vet. They all thought it was a joke.
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IrisLilli
Oct 14, 2017 7:19 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

When I call our dog 'Little Cuddles' people think I'm being ironic (or just plain nuts) Big Grin
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Oct 14, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Welcome, Tiffany, @Livingwreaths, and thanks for the advice.

That's funny, Greg @Misaw77. There is a stray mom cat and baby roaming between my yard and neighbors - but don't seem to deter those darn squirrels.
While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Gen. 8:22

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