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Squirrel will dig up bulb even if it's not edible

Posted by paulsiu 5a (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 30, 11 at 2:32

After the squirrels made short works of my bulbs, I decided to plant some bulbs that they can't eat like daffodils. Much to my annoyance, I still found them dug up, except that they are not eaten. I put them back but put a brick over them. Let's home they don't try again!

Paul


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RE: Squirrel will dig up bulb even if it's not edible

I would end up forgetting to move the bricks come springtime! Good luck, they can be real persistent. We have hawks.... it seems to help


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RE: Squirrel will dig up bulb even if it's not edible

I would hose down the area till it's really muddy - I can't imagine squirrels would like that, and once the soil settles back down and dries the squirrels won't be able to tell where the bulbs are.


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RE: Squirrel will dig up bulb even if it's not edible

I bought some lily bulbs for my White Garden. Lilium 'Siberia' is a beautiful cultivar and they weren't cheap to buy. So I sprayed them with an animal repellent called Bobex and then planted them. The Bobex did stop the bulbs from being eaten, but it didn't stop the squirrels from digging them up. I found 4 of them dug up and tossed around the yard (I stepped on one). I replanted them and they have stayed in the ground this time. Although I'm worried that the damage the little grey beasts did may preclude their blooming this year.

Steve


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RE: Squirrel will dig up bulb even if it's not edible

Hey everyone, I have to use red pepper flakes to keep them from digging them up. After the dirt is replaced I sprinkle the whole top of the ground with red pepper flakes and has worked very good. Good luck, Judy


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RE: Squirrel will dig up bulb even if it's not edible

I find chicken wire on the ground surface helps. (Chew through that you suckers!) Maybe I plant bulbs too deep, but squirrels seem to give up after about 4 inches around here.


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RE: Squirrel will dig up bulb even if it's not edible

bricks work fine. they can be removed once the ground is frozen. I also put down pieces of wood for larger beds, weighted down with rocks/bricks until ground freezes. also use plastic milk crates, placed over an area (upside down) weighted with rocks. if only i had a good spring-time solution to the critters eating the tulip buds.


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