Posted in The American Meadows Blog, November 11, 2010.
Although their antics are fun to watch, squirrels can be a real nuisance when they dig up your newly planted bulbs. The simplest way to prevent problems is to plant bulbs they don't like to eat. The bulbs in this collection are some of the bulbs found to be distasteful to squirrels.
Plant tulips and crocus, on the other hand, and you're putting out the equivalent of catnip for your cat. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy these beauties, it just means you have to outsmart the squirrels. There are two ways to approach this: place a barrier between the bulbs and the squirrels, or use a deterrent — something the squirrels avoid.
There are a number of repellent sprays on the market that may help deter squirrels, with mixed reviews on how effective they are. You may need to reapply them frequently, especially after a rain.
If you want to try hot pepper, the Humane Society recommends using a hot pepper wax spray, which adheres to plants and is less likely to get into animals' eyes. And avoid using mothballs; they're toxic when ingested and may add unnecessary toxins to your soil.
Tips for Deterring Squirrels with Repellents:
Instead of planting a solid bed of tulips and crocus, you can try interplanting with some of the bulbs mentioned above that are usually avoided by squirrels. That may offer some measure of protection.
Hopefully, these techniques will help you foil foraging squirrels this fall, so you can enjoy colourful blooms next spring.
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