Asked on Jul 31, 2014

Anti-squirrel plants and flowers

Penny H
by Penny H
Could anyone tell me what plants and flowers ground squirrels won't bother?
  3 answers
  • Squirrels really do not bother plants or flowers unless you plant peanuts and tulips. Sure squirrels will dig in the occasional pot on the deck or patio looking for nuts or forage for something good to eat but for the most part they do not bother most flowers. Squirrels bury their nuts so if they do dig up a plant it is because they think there is something underneath. I live under 13 -50+ foot oaks and squirrels never really bothered anything except for tulip & hyacinth bulbs. I know squirrels and other critters like some veggies like tomatoes so if you grow a garden I would fence it in and protect it. Squirrels are bothersome to dogs and cats but not your average flower or garden. Good luck and happy gardening!

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    • @Heather I have to add that we first made a patio doggy door so the dogs and cats could easily go in and out. Just recently broke down and bought a 'real' insert. The squirrels have gotten quite daring lately coming on the deck and teasing the dogs. It is frustrating I know because the dogs chase them away and then they sit and wait to return, I have tried other things and you are right, they seem to get immuned to things.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 01, 2014
    I don't think I've ever seen a list of squirrel-resistant plants, but I'll bet they would generally avoid anything with fragrant/aromatic foliage.

  • Moxie Moxie on Aug 01, 2014
    the ones next to a cat : )