Have you spent a lot of time and energy cultivating beautiful flowers that become focal points in your landscape design?. The last thing you’d want is for all that hard work to be eaten and destroyed by mischievous squirrels. If you’re looking for tips on how to protect your flowers from squirrels, you’ve come to the right place.
A key factor in successful animal control efforts is to make your property unattractive to the pests or animals that you’re trying to keep off your property. You can start by planting flowers that squirrels don’t like. Flowers that have a certain taste or smell would drive those pesky squirrels off. Try adding some alliums, crocus, lilies, marigolds, hyacinth, or geraniums to your collection.
Use some more aggressive tactics to keep the squirrels away. Try laying down chicken wire to deter the squirrels and keep them at a safe distance from your flowers. Another technique is to use upside down garden stakes to keep the squirrels from being able to dig into your containers.
This may sound like an odd suggestion, but it actually works. Put some human or dog hair clippings into your flower pots to keep squirrels away. When they smell the hair, it will alert them that a predator is nearby, which will scare them away from approaching your flowers. Sprinkle the hair clippings on top of the soil but be careful not to mix it into the soil. After some time, the smell will fade, and you’ll need to add another layer. If you’re concerned about the aesthetics, only a small amount is necessary, not large clumps of hair.
Spice Things Up
Squirrels can’t handle the heat — adding a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper to your soil will keep them away. If the squirrels attempt to dig into your soil around your flowers, the pepper will get onto their paws and into their mouths, which they don’t like. When it rains, you’ll need to add another sprinkle, but it’s an effective and relatively inexpensive way to repel the squirrels. Be careful with this method if you have pets as the pepper could also irritate your pets.
Add Bone Meal
You’ve probably noticed that most of these suggestions have to deal with scents; that’s because squirrels have quite an acute sense of smell. Bone meal sprinkled on the soil will also keep them away. It also provides the benefit of being a great fertilizer for your plants as well.
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