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.