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Avoid Squirrel Problems by Planting Bulbs They Hate

Squirrels just love tulip and crocus bulbs… and gardeners just hate squirrels! Source: www.kyforward.com

To the horror of gardeners, squirrels love freshly-planted tulip and crocus bulbs and blithely dig them up. Then they sneer at you as they eat them right in front of you! Sometimes you just feel like strangling the little pests!

However, they don’t like most other bulbs, many of which, including daffodils, snowdrops, hyacinths and anemones, are actually somewhat poisonous to squirrels, while it’s apparently the smell that keeps them away from alliums and fritillaries. Plant those bulbs and squirrels will leave your fall plantings in peace!

P.S. If you still want to plant tulip and crocus bulbs, here are some tricks for keeping squirrels away from them.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

5 comments on “Avoid Squirrel Problems by Planting Bulbs They Hate

  1. Any advice to out think these creative guys is greatly appreciated. 🙂

  2. My local squirrels dig the bulbs out first, and decide their fate later. Even if they hate something, they will still unearth it and drop it somewhere…

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