Squirrels are one of the most common annoyances for homeowners throughout Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. The tiny bushy-tailed animals are known for destroying gardens, damaging plants, and ruining landscaping. It is amazing how these animals can wreak havoc for people. If you want to protect your plants from squirrels, here’s what you need to know.
Plant Unappetizing Flowers
This tip might seem like caving to squirrels, but it is the most practical way to get squirrels to stop bothering your plants. There are many flowers and plants that squirrels do not like thanks to their taste and their smell. Some of the flowers include alliums, crocus, lilies, marigolds, hyacinth, daffodils, and geraniums. If you have a major squirrel problem and other control methods seem to be a drop in a bucket, planting flowers that they won’t eat is a great solution. In most cases, these plants aren’t typically expensive and can be picked up at most nurseries.
Lay Chicken Wire
Chicken wire helps to prevent squirrels from digging, which is something that they might do around flowers or plants that they aren’t even attracted to. You won’t need to worry about squirrels digging in your potted plants, either, if you simply place some chicken wire beneath the top surface as you plant.
Cayenne pepper is a spicy way to keep squirrels away from your precious plants and flowers. Instead of calling animal control, some gardeners take cayenne pepper (like you would find in the spice aisle at the grocery store) and sprinkle it around their flowers. The moment that the squirrel gets a taste, their mouths will be spicy and uncomfortable. Many gardeners have found that this trick keeps squirrels away after only a single use, so if you want a big impact in a short amount of time, it’s probably your best bet. It’s important to not use this method if you have pets that get outside, however, as they could also ingest the cayenne pepper and suffer from discomfort or a sneeze or two.
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