The first day of spring is here! We all look forward to having brighter warmer days, and one of the activities that come with nicer days is gardening. Squirrels can create all kinds of damage to your garden. If you put in all the hard work, you want to be able to enjoy it. Here are signs to watch for that squirrels are visiting your garden:
- There are shallow digging spots in your planting beds. These digging spots are not large. When inspecting your garden loof for golf-ball-size or smaller holes. Freshly planted garden beds are a prime squirrel target.
- You begin to notice missing plants. You may find remnants of seedlings lying in or around the soil, or you may find that they have entirely disappeared.
- Your planter containers have signs of digging. If you find signs of digging in your potted veggies, herbs, and flowers, it is likely a squirrel’s handiwork. Occasionally squirrels will unearth young potted plants in their quest to bury nuts.
- Your flowers have been partially eaten. Squirrels are fond of daisy blooms. Half-eaten daisies, with half the petals and most of the center disk missing, are a clue that squirrels are feasting on your garden.
The best way to be sure you’re dealing with a squirrel attacking your garden is to catch them in the act. If you see any of these signs, keep an eye on your garden when you’re home.
Protect Your Garden Against Squirrels
Squirrels can be as common in your backyard as trees. So it is best to try and outsmart them. Try some of these tips to keep squirrels from destroying your hard work in your garden. It is important to remember that what works for some squirrels, may not work for all of them.
Remove what attracts them.
Make sure to stay on top of your yard maintenance. Squirrels love the sight and the smell of nuts and seeds. These sights and smells can attract squirrels. Make sure to clean up items beneath trees and birdfeeders. Make sure your trash can lids are securely shut to keep squirrels from getting into the garbage.
Scare them away.
A pet such as a dog can scare squirrels and keep them from getting too comfortable in your yard. Is a pet not an option for you? Try adding Motion-activated sprinklers to your yard. It is best not to rely on them exclusively to keep squirrels at bay. For newly planted areas, insert pinwheels or wind chimes to add noise and movement to your garden.
Apply a repellant to your garden. You can search online to find various recipes for repellants. Repellants have varying levels of success at keeping these pests away. The most significant downside to repellants is they need to be reapplied after every rain. You must also be mindful not to spray plant parts you intend to eat.
To keep squirrels from plants or garden beds, install a cage or cover. Hardware cloth, plastic bird netting, and chicken wire all provide effective protection. To guard an individual plant, create a cage using chicken wire topped with plastic bird netting; use clothespins to hold the netting in place.
Cover bare soil.
Try adding mulch to bare soil and around newly planted gardens to discourage squirrels from digging.