They’re safer inside.
First I heard that someone who lived in the heart of the boutique/café district of Buffalo was actually shooting them, their little dead bodies discarded on someone else’s property. Then one of my gardening friends confessed that he had been trapping them and releasing the traps in the northern suburbs. At first I was surprised that anyone would be going to such extremes, but then I began to notice weird diggings on my own property, and one morning two whole containers of tulips were almost entirely decimated.
It was then I knew that this was going to be the first tulip season where I really had to worry about squirrels.
They don’t bother the species tulips.
There have always been lots of them around the neighborhood, but they would rarely disturb the garden and never paid any attention to the hundreds of bulbs I’ve planted over the years. Even now, it’s not like they actually seem to eat or want the bulbs; they’ve merely developed a taste for digging around them and generally mangling/ruining my container plantings, tossing pansies to the ground and exposing the bare bulbs. Tulips in the ground are left alone.
Squirrel complaints are very prevalent this year. I noticed one blog where the creatures had simply lopped all the heads off a whole row of tulips, and on Facebook there was this desperate cry: “Squirrels must be … exterminated!”
I’m trying these grids on the containers.
At first I tried a homemade hot pepper solution that seemed only partially to work. Then, as the tulips were coming up, I placed a variety of metal grids over the pots. That worked better. Now that the tulips are just about over, I’m waiting to see what, if any, plants they’ll go after next. And planning to buy a bunch of extra peony support grids to have ready for next year. And counting my lucky stars that I don’t have to deal with deer or—as of yet—rabbits.Posted by Elizabeth Licata on May 19, 2009 at 6:39 am, in the category Shut Up and Dig.