5 Things you Need to do to Rid your Gardens of Squirrels!

Squirrels! They snip off our petunia blooms, chew your tomatoes, and tear through your pots. I often joke that local garden centres employ squirrels to destroy tulip bulbs so that people will buy more, but in fact they can be a real nuisance when it comes to gardening, including your prized containers. Firstly, you need to understand squirrels; they are not a pain on purpose they just want to eat. The chewing, tossing, digging and tearing are just a squirrel's effort to find their next meal. They don't dig up your tulips to destroy your garden; they are just filling their bellies up on the very tasty and nutritious tulip bulbs. The solution to get rid of squirrels is to make your garden less appealing to them. Here are five tips to help you:

1. Remove plants they like to eat, such as tulips, and replace them with plants they don't like.

Fritillaria, Allium and Daffodils (Narcissus) are examples of spring flowering bulbs that squirrels will not eat, in fact Daffodils are poisonous to squirrels.

2. Think about what they don't like to smell!

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Did you know that you can purchase Coyote urine ? Why would you want to buy coyote urine? Coyote's eat squirrels! Just the scent of the coyote will have them doing the Road Runner and keeping well away from your garden!

3. Squirrels hate the smell of chicken manure.

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I've tested this on many squirrels including both city and country squirrels (for the record, city squirrels have more attitude). The chicken manure is available in a pelletized form and it doesn't smell for us humans, which is good news! 

4. Build a good defense! The more difficult for squirrels, the less likely they will dig up your garden or destroy your bird feeder.

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Placing chicken wire over areas planted with bulbs (continues to allow bulbs to grow thru) will help. Using squirrel proof bird feeders will also discourage them (http://bit.ly/YVtJhO). Even putting up a fake owl to scare them away will help .

Finally, if you can't beat them, feed them.

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Placing a squirrel feeder  far away from your garden, your bird feeders and your home will keep squirrels occupied living your prized plants alone.

Squirrels stay away and let my garden grow great today!!