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Squirrels and Bulbs


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From:Date:Zone:
Toni23-Mar-01 01:14 PM EST   
The Budding Poet23-Mar-01 04:24 PM EST   
John 23-Mar-01 08:34 PM EST   
Marg23-Mar-01 09:38 PM EST   
Joe24-Mar-01 05:12 PM EST   
Joe24-Mar-01 05:12 PM EST   
Carmen28-Mar-01 12:42 AM EST   
karen28-Mar-01 09:32 AM EST   
The Budding Poet..........................Zn4b28-Mar-01 02:07 PM EST   
Linda29-Mar-01 01:06 AM EST   
Deirdre29-Mar-01 01:16 PM EST   
Marg30-Mar-01 02:32 PM EST   
Linda30-Mar-01 03:14 PM EST   
The Budding Poet.........................Zn4b30-Mar-01 03:48 PM EST   
The Budding Poet ........................Zn4b04-Apr-01 10:39 AM EST   
JoanneS05-Apr-01 12:29 PM EST   


Subject: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: Toni
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Date: 23-Mar-01 01:14 PM EST

This is the first year that we do not have a large dog in the back yard. (she passed away last spring, she was 15)As a result the squirrels now know it's open season on the bulbs, they're digging like crazy. Is there anything I can do to deter them. Thanks.


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: The Budding Poet
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Date: 23-Mar-01 04:24 PM EST

Toni

Squirrel scoundrels if time permits.............................................................. Can drive a farmer from his wits..................................................................... In mid day sun...................................................................................................... He'll grab his gun.. .......................................................................................... And blow them all to bits.

I don't condone this remedy but sometimes I can feel emphathy for the farmer who in the heat of the moment blew not only one of these cute scoundrels to bits with his shot gun, but also his lovely bird feeder....


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: John
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Date: 23-Mar-01 08:34 PM EST

Toni.Take two hot peppers grind them up,boil them in a quart of water,after it is cool enough to handle strain through cheese cloth,add a squirt of Murphy's oil soap and spray the garden where the bulbs are.You have to repeat after a rain.


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: Marg
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Date: 23-Mar-01 09:38 PM EST

I sprinkled blood meal on the soil where I planted some tulip bulbs. The squirrels don't like the smell of the blood. It worked like a charm. I use the pepper flakes in my bird feeder and they work great. Hope this helps.


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: Joe
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Date: 24-Mar-01 05:12 PM EST

I've also heard, but don't need to do since I have a cat and dog, is to plant the bulbs(or redig old bulbs) with the gross stuff in your vacuum cleaner. Yes, hair and dead skin cells I've heard can do the trick. If you have central vacuuming that could be too much of a pain to get the dirt, so I've also heard that any hair from humans to cat/dog may do the trick.


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: Joe
Zone:
Date: 24-Mar-01 05:12 PM EST

I've also heard, but don't need to do since I have a cat and dog, is to plant the bulbs(or redig old bulbs) with the gross stuff in your vacuum cleaner. Yes, hair and dead skin cells I've heard can do the trick. If you have central vacuuming that could be too much of a pain to get the dirt, so I've also heard that any hair from humans to cat/dog may do the trick.


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: Carmen
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Date: 28-Mar-01 12:42 AM EST

I was told this year by a long time gardener (she was in her 70's) that if you plant a moth ball in with the bulb or (as she does) put moth balls on top of the soil. I don't know if this would be very good if you had kids though and animals??


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: karen
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Date: 28-Mar-01 09:32 AM EST

I've also heard about the moth ball remedy. It worked for me 2 years ago, but this year I'm still waiting for my crocuses. Pretty sure the furry little buggers picked around the moth balls and pigged out on my bulbs!

It has occurred to me since then that moth balls might not be very organic. Anyone know?


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: The Budding Poet..........................Zn4b
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Date: 28-Mar-01 02:07 PM EST

Please do NOT use moth balls as deterrents! They are DEADLY toxic if eaten by children, pets, or wildlife. The odor they give off is also toxic, and can cause damage to internal organs if inhaled long enough. PLUS, moth balls really stink, and will deprive you of one of the great joys to be experienced in the garden... fragrance.


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: Linda
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Date: 29-Mar-01 01:06 AM EST

The bulbs can be placed in cages and planted. Plant more Daffies. they are my favorite -and poisonous.

My dog works best.


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: Deirdre
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Date: 29-Mar-01 01:16 PM EST

Nothing works!! I have tried all of the above, and now that the snow has cleared somewhat in the Niagara Region, my beds are full of little craters. No doubt where those little furry buggers have been industriously digging their merry little way to the latest smorgasbord offering under the soil! Next year I am going to try chicken wire over the beds. By the way, Martha Stewart recommended aluminum foil. That doesn't work either!!! ps - avoid blood meal and bone meal. With the threat of Mad Cow Disease (not a joke), it can be spread to humans from infected blood and bone meal if inhaled.


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: Marg
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Date: 30-Mar-01 02:32 PM EST

I have heard that squirrels don't like Alliums either. Alliums are in the onion family, maybe that's why.


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: Linda
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Date: 30-Mar-01 03:14 PM EST

I just bought Best Bulbs by Lisbeth Leatherbarrow & Lesley Reynolds- 11.59 Costco

They have a large list of rodent resistant bulbs. Scillia, Agapanthus, Allium, Anemonella, Arisaema, colchicum, snowdropp, calla lilly, fairy lily

This is just part of the list


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: The Budding Poet.........................Zn4b
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Date: 30-Mar-01 03:48 PM EST

Our Dachsies are a great help for dispelling the marauding herds that clothe our bird feeders every morning.

Squirrel Tales

After bushy-tailed squirrels Dachsies sail,.............................................. Although catching them, sometimes they fail.............................................. But they delight in the chase, ................................... .. .............................. You can see in their face,... ............................................................................. When they’ve at least snagged a good piece of tail.

In Iraq, Saddam Hussein, I understand, has not even succeeded in squashing the squirrel squadrons with his tools of mass destruction.

Maybe we should live and let live.


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: The Budding Poet ........................Zn4b
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Date: 04-Apr-01 10:39 AM EST

Our backyard wildlife program encourages us to preserve wildlife........Maybe we should pickle them :)


Subject: RE: Squirrels and Bulbs
From: JoanneS
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Date: 05-Apr-01 12:29 PM EST

I don't have a squirrel issue out here in zone 3A, but I read once that planting fritillaria will deter squirrels because of their skunk-like smell - That's assuming that fritillaria will over winter in your area.


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