How do I keep critters from digging up tulip bulbs?


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  • Judy Judy on Mar 18, 2019

    This is a tough one. Irish spring soap and humna hair clippings may help. Most likely it will not help if they get a taste for them.

    We had that peoblem

    and I just stopped planting. Once I found out what was eating them we concentrated on planting in areas they were not thrilled with.

    Once the woodchucks went away or died we had bulbs again but chipmunks liked them too.

  • Judy Judy on Mar 18, 2019

    Go to a hardware store or I think Lowe’s or Home Depot has some mesh that I put over my plants and held it in place with the pins you use to hold your landscape material with!! Lots of luck

  • Oliva Oliva on Mar 18, 2019

    Unless you want to plant tulips in very tall cages to enclose not only the bulb but the tender green growth that attracts critters, you'll need to switch to daffodils, hyacinths, lily of the valley, euphorbias, etc. Squirrels, chipmunks and deer will totally eradicate your tulips, which can cost you quite a bit of money and lost energy...

  • Ann Ramsay Ann Ramsay on Mar 19, 2019

    Blood meal discouraged squirrels. They May dig up a few and spit them out first though

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Mar 19, 2019

    I had the same problem. I poured coffee grounds all over them. Problem solved.

  • Kim Pulliam Kim Pulliam on Mar 19, 2019

    Roll or put the bulbs in a Zip lock bag then cover them with cayenne pepper. After they are covered using gloves then plant accordingly. Moles, voles and squirrels hate the spicy taste!! And for the love of God wash your hands after handling them. Your eyes will thank you!

  • Lynda Perrault Lynda Perrault on Mar 19, 2019

    sprinkler Comet or Old Dutch Cleanser on the bulbs when planting & also on the ground. Be plentiful when sprinkling. I live in Canada bout 60 miles north of Toronto & have been doing this for many,many yrs & it works for me. Nothing worse than planting your bulbs & then see them on the back deck or lawn, half eaten. Good luck

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