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25/09/2012 at 14:44

Please can someone advise me how can I stop the squirrels from digging up my bulbs and eating them?  I've tried grating soap over the areas where the bulbs where planted, however the squirrels kept away for a few days but now they've had a feast!

25/09/2012 at 14:54
Maybe some chicken wire or similar would deter them. You could lay it over the planted area, and cover with soil, the bulbs should find their way through.
25/09/2012 at 15:52

Excellent idea, I'll give it a go - thank you

25/09/2012 at 15:56

There is a technique, recommened by the RSPB, for detering squirrels from eating peanuts. The nuts can be dusted in chilli powder. It's harmless to birds, but squirrels hate it. You could dust the bulbs with the same, or sprinkle some on the surface. I don't know whether it would be rain resistant.

25/09/2012 at 18:55

Unfortunately, it's not. I have found chicken wire to work, though - just be careful you don't scratch yourself with the cut ends.

25/09/2012 at 19:03

I use pea netting & gently remove it off emerging shoots next Spring. Tulips however I only grow in large pots, plus netting/wire mesh covers, as otherwise they do not stand a chance in my garden. J.

25/09/2012 at 19:09

Why would anybody plant a squirrel?

25/09/2012 at 19:12
Propagation would be challenging.
25/09/2012 at 22:12

I use cutttings of holly stuck in between the bulbs to deter the squirrels.    It looks better than chicken wire on pots, and the holly stays green for weeks.

25/09/2012 at 23:00
Sotongeoff....that was going to be my line....ha ha
26/09/2012 at 08:49

It was going to be mine too :- D

28/09/2012 at 00:23

Last year I planted 100 bulbs and found 100 holes a few days later! Now I only grow bulbs in pots and overwinter in the greenhouse. On the plus side, the squirrels are amusing to watch and as well as hiding windfalls in my hanging baskest I've seen one running down the garden with a birdfeeder of nuts under its arm (leg?) !

28/09/2012 at 09:34

I have 2 cats and a dog who keep the squirrels out of the garden, the squirrels mostly keep the cats busy and then they leave the birds alone. I always water the soil after planting, pick up all the debris from the bulbs and then release the beasts.

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