Ways To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Garden

Ways To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Garden

While squirrels can be fun to watch, they also eat a great deal and can destroy plants quickly by simply scurrying through the garden. Rather than clean up after them, learn how to keep them out of your garden. Here are some of them. Simple-to-grab food attracts squirrels and keeps them coming back to a garden. Help them lose interest by removing the tempting items. If you have a bird feeder near your garden, hang it at least 8 feet high, preferably not in a tree or other structure squirrels can climb. Food that falls onto the ground from a bird feeder attracts squirrels. So remove the fallen bird food daily. Picking up fruits and vegetables that fall from plants in your garden also will help prevent squirrels from discovering the site. Keep outdoor garbage cans closed tightly so the squirrels can’t access discarded food scraps. Squirrels have sensitive noses that help them find even the tiniest morsel, but they shy away from certain odors. Sprinkle human hair or dog hair around the outer edge of your garden to help keep out squirrels. If the squirrels are particularly brave, use commercial predator scent sprays around the garden; they usually are available at stores specializing in outdoor gear and at some garden centers.

An enclosure around your individual plants or entire garden will keep squirrels from dining there. Small cages made of material such as hardware cloth covered with bird netting are effective for individual plants. Similarly, surrounding the garden with a simple frame of wood or polyvinyl chloride pipes that you cover with mesh netting can get squirrels to leave the area alone. Because squirrels can dig under the structure, bury a few inches of the netting in the soil around the garden’s perimeter.

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