Animals/Birds in Container Gardens

pink_warm_mama_1(Z4 Maine)July 22, 2012

Although I have gardened for years, soon I shall have only a balcony on which to garden. I've already learned a lot on this forum, but wonder - would netting across pot tops keep chipmunks and squirrels from digging in the soil? Thanks for all help and suggestions.

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I have never had a chipmunck or squirrel dig in my pots. I do have a small bird that decided to build a nest in my tall hibicus that is planted in a pot on my covered front porch. I have no landscaping as my house is new, but I guess since she could not find a tree at my house my hibiscus worked for her! LOL I don't mind because I can clearly see the nest when I look out my doors sidelight. Can't wait to see the babies !!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 10:38AM
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Well, the right kind of barrier will stop them. Probably not the flimsy "bird netting" or something like tulle/nylon net. Hardware cloth, however, will stop them cold, and it now comes in a plastic version that is both much cheaper and easier to work with, no sharp edges. I haven't tried it for this application, but it keeps the squirrels and chipmunks out of my poultry pens without issue, no attempts to go through it for the feed.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 11:30AM
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Yes, chipmunks, squirrels-they dig everywhere. In pots, in ground...I use hardware cloth on pots that I know they would love to munch on. They like tulip bulbs, I have done what I read (in garden beds): plant bulbs, cover within about 1/2-1" of top level with soil, then put piece of chicken wire over the area & finish with rest of soil. Squirrels won't be able to get to your bulbs. I have put a "dome" made of hardware cloth over some pots too.

Do you think they will (squirrels, chipmunks) get to your balcony?
I would not cover with net to keep birds away, I don't think they will harm your plants, they will pick some bugs off them. Unless you grow fruit, in that case I would put net over just as it starts ripening...

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 9:17AM
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I was using those little peat pellets to start seeds in but for some reason they seemed to be irresistible to squirrels they dug up every plant that was started from one of those but left adjacent plants alone..go figure!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 9:04PM
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