What can I do about the squirrels destroying my garden and flower beds

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As much as I love to garden, I have been so discouraged by the critters sabotaging my efforts. I can look out my kitchen window and see squirrels taking a dust bath in my planter and destroying the limbs. I may beat on the window pane, to no avail. Also when I check out my garden, they will dig up the roots and leave them exposed. The problem is that there are so many and you can't shoot them. It is also a violation to poison them (because it is possible to poison a pet by mistake) if this method is attempted. Some have suggested putting up a net fence around my garden (which is not feasible or doable for me). Others suggest mothballs to deter them. However, that can get into the soil and ultimately into the food I am growing. Deer repellent and blood bone meal have also been mentioned as well. I am open to all suggestions. Sapped in Southaven!!!!

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  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 20, 2018
    You don't want to use Liquid Fence on edibles. Try a hot pepper or garlic spray.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 20, 2018
    I use cayenne pepper powder and shredded Irish spring to keep them out of my gardens. If they persist, I put out mousetraps bailed with peanut butter in the most abused spots. The snap doesn't catch them , but it scares them and they stay away from that area for a good while. I then go to another area they are abusing and do the same. I have never caught a squirrel or chipmunk, yet and I have been doing this for about four years. If you have to, start a feeding area away from the areas of your garden and give them foods that they like. You can even include stale cookies, nuts, cereal, anything that they will like that will keep them happy and content. You can find squirrel feed wherever they sell bird food usually.

  • Amanda Amanda on Jul 20, 2018

    Hello. I sprinkle red hot pepper flakes on the soil surface. It really works for me. I also have a garden owl that I move around every few days, and fake snakes. Good Luck!

  • Kathrine Ferrie Kathrine Ferrie on Jul 23, 2018
    My father used to make 3-piece ‘flying’ bird mobiles. He swore the moment he hung up the redtailed hawk he made it shoo’d away not only squirrels but crows as well for the entire side yard!! My brother has it now and Dad passed away 3 years ago, but I’m sure there are wood craftsmen willing to rise to the challenge.

  • 1401470 1401470 on Jul 23, 2018

    Here this is a fix that may help and a personal choice as well.

    https://www.gardenupgreen.com/2018/06/how-to-detour-garden-rodents.html