Query for Dan Gill: The squirrels are always digging holes within the soil of some planters I’ve. Usually, they really dig up and throw out bedding vegetation that I’ve planted. I would like to seek out out if there may be something I can do to cease this harmful conduct with out hurting the squirrels. –Cooper Smith
Reply: There are animal repellents accessible at nurseries and shops that ought to assist if they’re utilized repeatedly. Some folks have had success with mothballs, however the outcomes are erratic. One other answer can be to cowl the highest of the soil within the planters with rooster wire or material. Apply the wire mesh round current vegetation, or lay down the wire mesh and reduce holes to plant via it. After making use of the wire mesh, cowl it with an inch or two or mulch so it is hidden. The squirrels can not dig via the wire mesh. This system can be utilized in beds round shrubs the place squirrel digging is an issue. I’ve additionally had calls about squirrels chewing on vegetation. There are merchandise accessible at nurseries and feed and seed shops that include capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers style sizzling. These are combined and sprayed on the vegetation. Squirrels don’t benefit from the spicy taste and have a tendency to chew on the vegetation much less. These merchandise have to be utilized repeatedly to proceed safety over prolonged intervals. Some gardeners sprinkle their vegetation with floor crimson pepper, however the sprays would in all probability be simpler.
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