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Pesky squirrels

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 10:49

@ Bobby Spray, Thanks for the link, but their site is down for maintenance & I leave for a holiday today, so I'll try it when I get back.

Thanks for all interest shown in this thread.

Pesky squirrels

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 20:04

Don't know if it's relevant, but directly below the feeder that gets attacked, we have a pretty fair sized tub which weighs a ton & a tall tubular support for the sweet peas. Yesterday morning the entire tub was on its side. It had been windy, but not to that degree. When I'd re-sited it, I tried to rock it back & forth, I could, easily enough, but remember, I'm stood on the deck, an animal would have had no purchase on it to yank it over. The overall height is at least 6' + Now that is weird. 

Pesky squirrels

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 16:16

@ Fairygirl. That is so weird, no, not your feeder, but the material it's made from. I was thinking where to get some mesh of a smaller gauge & rechecked my cabin etc & walking past our 2 plastic greenhouses, same as yours, was my eureka moment. One had the shelves with the mesh too small, the other at 40mm square, perfect. I've prepped them ready to do the job when I get back from some hols that start tomorrow. So I downed tools & came in to check the forum, your post was waiting for me. Spooky or what? 

I'll post up in a couple of weeks time.

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Pesky squirrels

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 14:45

Thought I'd show how the other feeders are squirrel proof!!!!! The problem one is in the tree, which is the best place to hang it. I realise the little "darlings" have an excellent launch-pad, but with the extra . cage surround, I'd have thought it would stop 'em getting at the seed. The other two feeders have slightly smaller mesh than the 2" I've used. Gawd knows why I've got a pot one on the trellis??

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Pesky squirrels

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 14:19

I have made one that's 2/3 rds up on an upright pole which stops them getting at 2 of the feeders. But I can't do that with the one that's attracting the little bu**ers. @ hostafan1. A .22 would soon get rid & I have been tempted. But it only needs a stray pellet..... Over time I have managed to trap a few & then dispatch 'em, but each year they are back. If they didn't destroy/thieve the seed, I'd ignore 'em, fat chance. 

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Pesky squirrels

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 11:17

Hi all, Squirrels, grey, don't you just love 'em? I have 6 bird feeders in the garden, 5 I've managed to protect from squirrels, the 6th is constantly destroyed by these tree rats. The feeder is the conventional metal type for seed, which I've repaired more times than I care to count. So now I've constructed a 2" square meshed cylinder, with the feeder suspended in the centre of it. The top is enclosed with the same mesh the bottom again the same mesh on a hinge which closes with a strong spring. The feeder has app 6" between that & the constructed cage. So you'd think that would deter them, no chance. The birds hop onto the outer cage, then onto the feeder. So is the mesh, at 2" too large a hole to stop squirrels getting in? Any smaller & the Bullfinches wouldn't get in. The whole assembly is suspender from a branch on 6 core braided wire, which I lower to top up the seed. The wire is smeared with axle grease, but they still destroy the feeder.

The dreaded moss

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 06:25

Brilliant  best replies I could have hoped for. Instead of using chemicals, sweat, aggro, scarifying, taking dozens of garden waste bags to the tip, er! sorry, reclamation centre with it's operatives wearing "we are here to help" jackets, but just sit in their cabin until a skip needs changing, Ooops! a tad off thread  

Regarding sunlight, the lawns are quite open to it, (when we get that particular day,) only losing it late evening. 

Similar size lawn out of shot. Piccies taken earlier this year.

Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

The dreaded moss

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 20:02

Hello all,

After all the time & energy spent on our quite large lawns in 2013 (when we moved in ) to rid the moss that was like a 10cm plush carpet, it's back! Bright green shoots again covering the lawns. I used the usual treatment, Iron or ferrous sulphate, in 2013 & 2014 & thought that was it. But,

I've read that some amateur gardeners consider "moss? so what" & simply leave it & just mow the lawns. I'm in 2 minds whether to follow suite, but now that winter is round the corner & I decide otherwise & scarify when is the earliest I can start again 

I am West Yorkshire based. Thanks in anticipation.


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Scarifying at this time of year.

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 07:01

Thanks treehugger80 for your reply, half of lawns done, rain stopped play. I'm always amazed how much debris is removed.

Scarifying at this time of year.

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 13:43

Hello all, question posed under "lawns" but on advice have started a new thread. Advice please regarding scarifying dew laden lawns, which are still damp in late afternoon. I'll be using an electric scarifier.

Grass cut yesterday & so wanted to get the scarifying done as well.

Any advice welcome.

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