We only have 8 days left in October and planting season is coming to a dramatic close in Holland, MI. The trees are vibrant, the leaves are falling and the tulips are in their beds ready for a long snooze- if only the dear and squirrels would leave them alone!
Having a problem with certain critters visiting the garden is common, especially when planting tulip bulbs. Have no fear, we have found your guide to keeping garden free of fury visitors thanks to Dig.Drop.Done.com.
Outsmarting the Squirrels: Tips for a Critter-Free Garden
“WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., November 1, 2012 – Want a gorgeous garden of spring blooms but concerned that squirrels, deer and other pests might ruin the plan? Follow these suggestions to keep prying paws and hooves at bay.
Offend their Senses
- Smartest bulb choice – daffodils and other narcissi. Squirrels and deer generally don’t like their taste. You can also plant them as a border surrounding other precious bulbs you’d like to protect.
- Squirrels and deer can’t stand the skunky gym socks smell of Fritillaria imperialis bulbs. Interplant these tall, dramatic flowers to ward them off and protect your other bulbs.
- Other types of fall bulbs that are considered deer resistant are: alliums, camassia and chionodoxa. Most packages will identify if the bulb is deer resistant as well.
- Deer don’t like thorny things. They also don’t eat anemones, astilbes, junipers, foxgloves, ferns and grasses, to name a few. So you could effectively cordon off your garden by planting some of these suggestions.
- Once you are done planting, clean up the garden area. Remove any mulch, planting tools and bulb debris. Squirrels and other pests have a nose for those clues, which will lead them right to a meal. (If using mulch, do not apply too early, as this could attract them. Apply after the soil freezes hard in a thin layer.
Full Metal Jacket
- Place mesh, wire or metal barriers at least 12 inches high around your flower bulb garden. This will keep them from entering the garden area from the top. Bury the bottom edge six to 10 inches to prevent them from digging beneath the barrier.
We hope these tips and tricks will help you keep the fury critters in your neighborhood out of the garden. To learn more about bulbs visit http://www.digdropdone.com for a variety of information. We’ve got one last tip for planting that comes right from the kitchen! Rumor has it that sprinkling cayenne pepper on the bulbs before you plant them helps repel crafty critters. This may just be an old Holland myth but anything helps, right??