Posted: 12/07/2015 at 01:38
Yeah, they like to deadhead flowers for sure - I've noticed that they take the heads off gazania's, just for fun and leave them there without eating. They did the same to two young acers, just ripped the leaves off, jumping up and down madly.
I do like squirrels a lot, we rescued one once so since they've had a soft spot. If you put food out for them, be it nuts or birdseed, you'll probably have safer plants for a while, but probably get more squirrels and create another problem. We fed one squirrel in the old house, and within the year, we had 6 more regulars and then their babies... easy food means they will stick around.
I eventually found putting powdered chilli around my fav plants worked, they don't like chilli at all whereas birds don't mind it. Only works tho if it doesn't rain but they soon got the message and left the plant alone even without chilli.