15 Ways To Keep Squirrels From Eating Your Garden

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Squirrels are adorable animals to watch, but when they start wreaking havoc in your garden, they can be a gardener’s worst nightmare. However, there are several simple and effective ways to keep squirrels from eating your garden produce and damaging your plants. By implementing these tips, you can create a squirrel-free space and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Get Creative with Barriers

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Aside from building a fence around your garden, you can also use creative barriers to keep squirrels out. Try placing chicken wire over your raised garden beds or erecting a mesh tunnel using PVC pipes and deer netting. These barriers create physical obstacles that squirrels struggle to overcome.

Go for Natural Repellents

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If you prefer to use natural methods, there are several scents and plants that squirrels dislike. Planting daffodils, marigolds, or even mint around the perimeter of your garden can deter squirrels from venturing closer. Alternatively, you can create homemade repellent sprays by combining water with cayenne pepper or crushed garlic. Spray these mixtures on plants or around your garden to keep squirrels away.

Use Predator Decoys

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As you probably know, squirrels are naturally wary of predators, so strategically placing decoys around your garden can be an effective deterrent. Owl or hawk decoys can create the illusion of threats and discourage squirrels from approaching your garden. Move the decoys periodically to avoid squirrels getting used to them.

Install Squirrel-Proof Birdfeeders

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Birdfeeders are often a prime target for squirrels. Invest in squirrel-proof birdfeeders designed with mechanisms to prevent squirrels from accessing the bird seed. These feeders usually have weight-triggered or spring-loaded mechanisms that shut off access when a squirrel tries to climb on it.

Introduce Squirrel Deterring Plants

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Some plants naturally repel squirrels due to their taste or smell. Consider incorporating plants like hyacinth, allium, or daffodil bulbs into your garden. Squirrels find these plants unappetizing and are less likely to bother your other crops. However, it’s worth noting that while these plants can help deter squirrels, they are not foolproof solutions.

Continuous Maintenance

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Inspect your garden regularly for any signs of squirrel activity. If you notice holes, dug-up areas, or damaged plants, take immediate action to scare off squirrels. Also, repair any fences or barriers, refill repellents, and make sure fallen fruit or nuts are promptly cleared from the garden.

Experiment with Sound and Motion

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Squirrels are easily startled by sudden noises and unexpected movements. Use wind chimes, foil strips, or even wind-powered devices with spinning elements in strategic locations around your garden. These distractions will make squirrels uncomfortable and discourage them from exploring your garden further.

Change the planting locations annually

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Practice crop rotation by changing the locations of your crops and alternating the types of plants grown in each bed. This confuses squirrels and helps prevent soil nutrient depletion and the buildup of pests that may be attracted to specific crops.

Cover your compost

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Consider using a compost bin with a locking mechanism or an animal-proof compost bin to prevent squirrels from gaining access. Additionally, avoid composting food items that are particularly attractive to squirrels, such as fruits or nuts. Instead, opt for vegetable scraps and yard waste that are not as interesting to them.

Make your garden beds uncomfortable

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In addition to using gravel or rough mulch, you can also place chicken wire or mesh netting directly on the soil surface before planting. This trick creates an uncomfortable texture for squirrels, making it less inviting for digging or burrowing. Also, ensure the wire or netting is securely anchored to prevent the animals from lifting it.

Hang shiny objects

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Aside from aluminum foil and CDs, you can use reflective pinwheels, old cymbals, or wind chimes with metallic elements to create movement and make your garden less appealing to squirrels. Change the position or appearance of these objects periodically to prevent squirrels from becoming used to them.

Attract natural squirrel predators

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You can always create suitable habitats for owls or hawks by installing nest boxes or perches in your garden. Research the specific requirements of these birds and position the structures strategically to provide them with a clear view of the garden, making it an attractive hunting ground for them.

Install motion-activated sprinklers

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Install sprinklers that turn on when squirrels come near. Motion-activated sprinklers can effectively scare them away from your garden. Position them strategically, adjust sensitivity settings, and combine them with other deterrents for optimal results. Regular maintenance is important for their proper function.

Plant Mint

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Planting mint in containers or establishing a mint border around your garden creates a strong scent that squirrels don’t like. Harvest and distribute mint leaves, control its growth, and consider companion planting for added effectiveness. You can also plant mint alongside other squirrel-resistant plants to create a more effective deterrent system.

Install squirrel feeders

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Provide a designated area away from your garden where squirrels can feed. This will divert their attention and keep them occupied, reducing the likelihood of them targeting your plants. You can fill the feeders with nuts or squirrel-friendly food to entice them away from your garden.