Keeping Squirrels Out of Your Garden

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Introduction

Although watching squirrels and their acrobatic talents can be fun, watching them raid your flower will quickly change your mind. These uninvited intruders, who either live in burrows or in trees, can destroy anything in their path, as they seek to satisfy their seemingly insatiable appetite. Your plants and flowers are likely to fall victim to their teeth. Understanding the eating habits and behaviors of squirrels might make it easier to deter them.

Diet and Eating Habits

You're most likely to see squirrels in your garden during daytime; they're active from early to midmorning until late in the afternoon. (See References 1 and 2) In addition to seeds, vines, nuts, fruit, and vegetables, squirrels also enjoy the rhizomes of perennials, corms, and flower bulbs, such as tulips (tulipa spp.), which are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8, and crocuses (crocuss spp.), which are hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 8. (See References 3, p. 78 and References 4) Aside from plant damage, squirrels can also burrow, create moun...

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