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Heather25-Mar-02 09:20 PM EST 6b   
Carol26-Mar-02 12:24 AM EST 4a   
Heather26-Mar-02 08:46 PM EST 6b   
bruce27-Mar-02 10:26 AM EST 3   
DAVE27-Mar-02 11:13 AM EST   
Heather28-Mar-02 04:53 PM EST   


Subject: Help- Invasion of Rabbits and Squirrels
From: Heather
Zone: 6b
Date: 25-Mar-02 09:20 PM EST

Read some great answers here, amateur gardener needs some helpful hints to keep rabbits and squirrels from eating all my plants for dinner. I have the fattest ones around.!!! Any assistance greatly appreciated. I have tried human hair, black pepper to no avail.

thanks


Subject: RE: Help- Invasion of Rabbits and Squirrels
From: Carol
Zone: 4a
Date: 26-Mar-02 12:24 AM EST

Hi Heather, I have never had that problem, but what about those frogs and owls I see around that are motion detectors that make noises when they sense movement...maybe that would scare them off. Kind of like a scare crow.


Subject: RE: Help- Invasion of Rabbits and Squirrels
From: Heather
Zone: 6b
Date: 26-Mar-02 08:46 PM EST

Hi Carol: Great idea, never thought of that, I've personally never seen motion detect owls, but I will have to start looking around for one, love this site lots of wonderful knowledge out there!! With yours and Susan's and everyone else's assistance out there, maybe I'll become a master gardener after all!!! LOL! I sure hope so.


Subject: RE: Help- Invasion of Rabbits and Squirrels
From: bruce
Zone: 3
Date: 27-Mar-02 10:26 AM EST

We have 2 cats and 2 dogs so critters aren't ussually a problem. If they are after your bulbs there is one remedy I have heard of though.Bury some chiken wire just under the soil. The plants can grow up through the wire but digging down through it is almost impossible.


Subject: RE: Help- Invasion of Rabbits and Squirrels
From: DAVE
Zone:
Date: 27-Mar-02 11:13 AM EST

I've found that squirrels will only eat your spring garden if there is a lack of alternative food. So either provide nuts etc for them to eat or, as my next neighbour does, trap squirrels and transport them to another location. Eventually, other squirrels will take their place in your backyard but by cutting down on their population there will be lots of food for the squirrels that are left and they'll leave your spring garden alone. And squirrels don't bother our summer garden. As for rabbits, you need fences or dogs and cats to discourage/kill them or plant twice as much as you need and hope they don't eat all of it. We seem to get two or three new rabbits each year but the local cats and dogs and an occasional fox seem to keep the rabbit population close to zero. As I was typing this a rabbit just hopped past my basement window.


Subject: RE: Help- Invasion of Rabbits and Squirrels
From: Heather
Zone:
Date: 28-Mar-02 04:53 PM EST

Thanks Bruce and Dave for the suggestions, I do have a cat but believe it or not the rabbits and squirrels are bigger than she is, they're so fat and healthly from eating in my garden. She's afraid of them!!!! Could I borrow that fox for awhile??


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