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squirrels and rabbits eating tulips


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S,L.04-Feb-05 04:23 PM EST 6b   
CaptMicha04-Feb-05 09:42 PM EST 7b   
CaptMicha04-Feb-05 09:43 PM EST 7b   
Nancy07-Feb-05 01:43 PM EST 5   
Diane09-Feb-05 02:30 PM EST 5   
Nancy11-Feb-05 02:11 PM EST 5   
dvddiva20-Feb-05 11:57 AM EST 6b   
Nancy20-Feb-05 02:28 PM EST 5   
Chris21-Feb-05 10:11 AM EST 5a   
Alison22-Feb-05 06:04 AM EST 5b   
DEE23-Feb-05 03:09 PM EST 6a   
Patricia13-Mar-05 05:44 PM EST 5   
George14-Mar-05 08:31 AM EST 3a   
Valerie14-Mar-05 11:37 AM EST 5b   
Kristi15-Jan-06 08:38 PM EST 8a   
Michelle. L.16-Jan-06 10:49 PM EST 5b   
Andrea23-Apr-08 08:52 AM EST 5b   
Pam25-Apr-08 04:32 PM EST 6a   
Chris23-Apr-09 09:38 PM EST 6   


Subject: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: S,L. (dvddiva01@hotmail.com)
Zone: 6b
Date: 04-Feb-05 04:23 PM EST

In the fall of 2003 I planted tulip bulbs .Rabbits ate the ones in the backyard and squirrels ate the ones in the front yard.This was very disheartening for me as it was my first attempt at planting bulbs.This past fall I planted more bulbs and I saw a squirrel digging into the soil to get the bulbs. I tried sprinkling cayenne pepper onto the soil but every time it rained it washed it away.Has anyone got any solutions?All help greatly appreciated.


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: CaptMicha
Zone: 7b
Date: 04-Feb-05 09:42 PM EST

There are a lot of things that may or may not help. Alot of the sprays and tablets will work at first but the animals will eat uncharactoristic things if very hungry.

The only sure way to prevent them from getting at your bulbs is to plant them in cages. Try looking up "bulb cages" for suppliers or make your own, you could even use suet holders.

Good luck!


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: CaptMicha
Zone: 7b
Date: 04-Feb-05 09:43 PM EST

There are a lot of things that may or may not help. Alot of the sprays and tablets will work at first but the animals will eat uncharactoristic things if very hungry.

The only sure way to prevent them from getting at your bulbs is to plant them in cages. Try looking up "bulb cages" for suppliers or make your own, you could even use suet holders.

Good luck!


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 07-Feb-05 01:43 PM EST

I rarely lose tulips to squirrels. The trick for me is to plant them deep enough, at least 8 inches down. Another good deterent is to put about an inch of gravel over the bulbs before you finish filling the hole in. The bulbs will grow through it OK, but the squirrels won't want to dig in it. I'm trying this with my crocuses this season. Voles are bigger problems for me 'cause the little beggers tunnel for them from underneath. I usually use just bone meal (and compost) in the planting holes, but last fall I tried a mix of bone meal, blood meal and Critter Ridder. We'll see if that's been any help come April.

But for this spring, you might want to put down some chicken wire over the spots the bulbs are in to keep the squirrels from digging. Rabbits are another matter. They nail my sprouting tulips and crocus constantly unless I keep the Critter Ridder around them nice and fresh. Or try a 12-gauge! ;)


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Diane
Zone: 5
Date: 09-Feb-05 02:30 PM EST

Not saying it WILL work..it may work. I had limited success with it last year...but then I couldn't prove it was the squirrel that was doing it all.

Rub some petroleum jelly with fingertips onto the leaves. It may dissuade a young bunny...or squirrel.

The leaves do not show any damage from such application.


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 11-Feb-05 02:11 PM EST

Good idea, Diane! I'm going to try that.


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: dvddiva (dvddiva01@hotmail.com)
Zone: 6b
Date: 20-Feb-05 11:57 AM EST

Thank you all for your help. Nancy,the 12 guage seems to be a good possibility for me. I neglected to mention that the squirrel dropps from a neighbours tree onto my tulip bed so putting up a cage is not going to deter it.The rabbit,as I watched it one morning,simply stood up on it's hind paws,leaned over and lopped off the tulip head without having to go into the bed.Therefore blood meal or something else on the soil will not deter it.The more I think of it the better the 12 guage is sounding


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 20-Feb-05 02:28 PM EST

Yu do know I was kiddin', right?

The chicken wire was only to prevent the squirrels from digging them up if you lay it flat on the ground on top. Once they are above ground, then I go to the stinky stuff to try to deter the nibblers. I've had some success with the CritterRidder and blood meal combo, and have also tried spreading around clumps of cat hair, but haven't found anything that's a perfect solution. We only started having the problems with the rabbits (and voles, but don't get me started there) when the local cat population dropped abruptly two years ago.

Gonna try that Vaseline trick on the Yucca that the rabbits seem to love this time of year. Hmmm......wonder if I can mix it with chile peppers .......

Will let you all know if that works.

Nancy


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Chris
Zone: 5a
Date: 21-Feb-05 10:11 AM EST

Heard once that after planting bulbs run the hose on the surface until it's really wet. Squirrels don't like getting their paws wet so won't dig. By the time the ground dries they have forgotten where you were digging (if they were watching) and the water has removed the bulb smell and freshly-dug-earth look. As for the 12 gauge - go for it before some branch of government decides to ban it!


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Alison
Zone: 5b
Date: 22-Feb-05 06:04 AM EST

Try interplanting with fritillaria bulbs as a deterrent. Or switch to daffs.


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: DEE
Zone: 6a
Date: 23-Feb-05 03:09 PM EST

Dear Gardeners, Please do not use cayenne or chili peppers to deter squirrels and rabbits. It is cruel and inhumane. They get it on their paws and rub it into their eyes. They don't have the benefit of an eyewash. Why not plant your tulips in containers and place them where the pests won't visit OR just switch to plants they don't like. They are, after all, part of nature too.


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 13-Mar-05 05:44 PM EST

Daffodils is one answer: the bulbs are not good to eat. My yard is full of squirrels all year long. I've never yet seen any get eaten by squirrels. Maybe it's the ton of black sunflower seed in the feeders that does it! Guess what the definition of a squirrel is? A rat with a good press agent!


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: George
Zone: 3a
Date: 14-Mar-05 08:31 AM EST

Try using blood meal. I have used blood meal in my outdoor pots for years to keep the furry "rats" out of them. You have to keep re-applying. No answer on the rabbits.


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Valerie
Zone: 5b
Date: 14-Mar-05 11:37 AM EST

There are many methods trying to stop the squirrel but none of them are perfect. I've found the best way of getting a beautiful spring garden is planting bulbs they don't like to eat. Daffodils, and allium are number one. You could even intersperse some tulips among the "offensive" bulbs for more variety of colour.

Good luck!

Valerie.


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Kristi
Zone: 8a
Date: 15-Jan-06 08:38 PM EST

I have a terrible squirrel problem with almost all of my flowers/bulbs. What is blood meal that I read about in previous questions, and why can I buy it or how do I make it.


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 16-Jan-06 10:49 PM EST

Hi Kristi, you can buy bloodmeal in any garden center.. it is usually right next to the boxes of bone meal. Good Luck


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Andrea
Zone: 5b
Date: 23-Apr-08 08:52 AM EST

I wondered if anyone experienced animals bitting off tips of tulips? Mine look like they were cut with trimmers. The stems are perfectly upright.Help!


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Pam
Zone: 6a
Date: 25-Apr-08 04:32 PM EST

Last year I found a Swedish product called Plantskydd, formulated as a deer repellant, but works very well for squirrels, rabbits, etc. For info, go to their website at www.plantskydd.com.


Subject: RE: squirrels and rabbits eating tulips
From: Chris
Zone: 6
Date: 23-Apr-09 09:38 PM EST

Andrea, I'm here trying to find out the answer to the same question you have. My Tulips were cut or snapped just below the base of the petals. Someone or something cut about 100 of them a few nights ago. They didn't cut the ones that were in full bloom rather the ones that were still a little green. Just today 2 of my neighbors had a few hundred cut in the same way. The possible animals in the area are deer, racoons, squirrels and lots of birds. This is the first time this has happened in the 5 years i've lived here. There are no prints or animal droppings. If anyone has any thoughts let me know. Thanks


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