It worked! Wire mesh, crocus and squirrels.
I gave up on crocus a long time ago as the squirrels always dug and ate the bulbs immediately despite chemical repellents. In 07 I tried putting landscape blocks on top of new plantings, but over the winter most must have rotted. I only got to see a few bloom.
But hope springs eternalÂ
Following advice here last fall, I tried again. I put hardware cloth (the Â½ inch square mesh, green vinyl coated kind) over the newly planted bulbs. In with the crocus I planted other squirrel favorites, though those bloom later. I planted in small sections, like 5 x 10, and cut a piece to cover the area and pinned it down with landscape staples. (It seemed like it would be a lot of work, but it was much easier to cut than I expected with tin snips.) I removed it a week ago. Since it doesnÂt rust I can use it again.
And now I see crocus leaves coming up. LOTS of them! It worked, it worked, it worked! Oh happy day!