Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:35
Plants will push up through just about any size netting, the squirrels will get through the most amazingly small sized holes if they want to - and they always do want to . Buy the smallest size you can, it does help. I also protect my bulb pots with holly and pyracantha hedge cuttings tucked around them and folded over the bulbs - squirrels don't like the prickles any more than we do. You can take the twigs off when the bulbs shoots reach a decent size - they seem not to bother then.
After around 20 years of buying just about every so called 'squirrel proof' bird feeders, all of which were solved by the squirrels in a matter of hours, I have bought one that actually works. It is called 'squirrel buster', it does, to my amazement seem to be keeping them out and the birds in - oh joy. I have tried it all, whatever you want to mix with the feed - chilli, pepper, soap, garlic - all happily eaten by the rats that squirrels are, but maybe the end of that has come. We'll see when the Spring brings baby ones and the need gets greater, that will be the true test, but so far, so good.