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Bill 04-Aug-01 10:21 AM EST 5b   
Carol04-Aug-01 08:06 PM EST 5a   
Bill05-Aug-01 02:00 PM EST 5b   
Northern Garener05-Aug-01 05:13 PM EST 3   
Dave05-Aug-01 05:32 PM EST   
Bill07-Aug-01 05:36 PM EST 5b   
Sue15-Aug-01 06:47 AM EST 4   
Chris07-Sep-01 01:52 PM EST 5a   
Wayne07-Sep-01 02:18 PM EST 6   
Gail07-Sep-01 10:56 PM EST 4   

Subject: Squirrels
From: Bill
Zone: 5b
Date: 04-Aug-01 10:21 AM EST

How do I keep squirrels out of my planters? They are forever digging in them and messing up my flowers. Any help would be great.

Subject: RE: Squirrels
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 04-Aug-01 08:06 PM EST

Try sprinkling a little bloodmeal on top. It seems to deter them. You have to reapply if it rains.

Subject: RE: Squirrels
From: Bill
Zone: 5b
Date: 05-Aug-01 02:00 PM EST

Thanks Carol for your help. Is bloodmeal a powder or liquid and where can it be purchased? Bill

Subject: RE: Squirrels
From: Northern Garener
Zone: 3
Date: 05-Aug-01 05:13 PM EST

Bloodmeal is a powder and can be purchased at many garden centres. Have even see it at some of the box stores. Phone around first.

Although considered 'cute', squirrels not only do damage in the garden, but they eat through roofs of sheds, garages, houses where they may build their nests. According to wildlife employees, look upon squirrels as nothing more than a rat with a big fluffy tail as they carry diseases as well.

Subject: RE: Squirrels
From: Dave
Date: 05-Aug-01 05:32 PM EST

It could be that I've already had a beer today but I want to get on my soap box. Gardening to me is sharing my property with nature. Yes, squirrels, skunks, bees, wasps, japanese beetles, earwigs, aphids and racoons can be difficult but thats part of the 'fun'/challenge of gardening. P.S. What's so bad about rats. My brother-in-law has a great pet rat named Ziggy. Their quite intelligent and playful.

Subject: RE: Squirrels
From: Bill
Zone: 5b
Date: 07-Aug-01 05:36 PM EST

I've heard pepper will deter squirrels& raccoons. Has anybody else heard that?

Subject: RE: Squirrels
From: Sue
Zone: 4
Date: 15-Aug-01 06:47 AM EST

I also have a squirrel problem. Seems they like it here! I am trying sprinkling epsomn salts around. I heard that rodents in general find it distasteful.

Subject: RE: Squirrels
From: Chris
Zone: 5a
Date: 07-Sep-01 01:52 PM EST

We have lived in our house just north of Toronto for 5 years and this is the first year we've had them. Problem is someone in our neighbourhood is feeding them peanuts. As a result, they dig anywhere they choose on out property to bury them (grass, planters, flower beds). We now have peanut plants growing everywhere, not to mention the damage done to our flower beds/vegetables. Therefore, I need to know a way to get rid of them from a rather large area(i.e. it would take a ton of pepper/epsom salts to do the job). Any help would be most appreciated.

Subject: RE: Squirrels
From: Wayne
Zone: 6
Date: 07-Sep-01 02:18 PM EST

Hi Bill, I too share you enthusiasm for gardening and I must admit that I share it with wasps, bees, squirrels, chipmunks and the like. I do enjoy it for the most part, I find when the wasps are there I just kinda keep my distance. As for the squirrels, Bloodmeal really works. It is a fertilizer very high in nitrogen and squirrels hate the smell. I would be carefull in using too much as you may only get alot of green and no flowers. Spread it thinly on top of the ground and after it rains re-apply. I have four bird feeders and I'm sure this is what attracts squirrels to my garden however I love to sit and watch the birds and listen to their beautiful songs in the early morning....Good luck

Subject: RE: Squirrels
From: Gail
Zone: 4
Date: 07-Sep-01 10:56 PM EST

I too have squirrels.After a couple of years of feeding these little critters(not by choice)I finally moved all my feeders with sunflower seeds to one location.Away from the flower beds.I also have finches and they have a tubular feeder with flax seed which the squirrels don't seem to bother with so I hang theirs' on the other side of the cabin.I got rid of all the other seeds like birdseed which was really making the mess.All those seeds germinating.

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