How To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Flower Beds
Ground Red Pepper
(Really any spice that's hot and spicy. Cayenne works great too but I was out).
*This is a completely safe way to keep Squirrels from digging in your flower beds.
This summer has been horrible for my flowers when it comes to squirrels. I wasn't able to plant flowers last year because Joey was still quite young and I wasn't able to get out and prep my beds early enough. This year I was excited to start my seedlings, prep my beds, etc. I even planted some tulip bulbs and an Easter Lilly to add some more color in the spring. However I noticed that one of my tulip bulbs had been dug up and eaten!!! Upon further inspection I also found peanuts and walnuts buried in the holes by my flowers. Sure enough I looked it up and squirrels love to eat a good tulip bulb.
I found this solution online and it seems to work great. The only downside is having to reapply it every few days or after it rains. But it does seem to deter them from digging in the flowers.
Mix about a tablespoon or two of each spice (I used three) in a coffee filter.
Fill your water to about 9 or 10 and brew just like you would coffee.
Pour into a spray bottle. This stuff is potent so be cautious not to allow it to splash into your eyes or on your hands.
There you have it! Spray at the base of your flowers or anywhere you've noticed the squirrels digging and it should keep them away. :-)
Now I should add that as much as I HATE when they dig in my flower beds, I don't hate the squirrels. :-) I think they're rather cute. As a matter of fact, this little guy allowed me to get pretty close the one day and I was able to capture this adorable shots.....
Look how his little paws are curled into his chest....
My neighbor told me this image looked like he was saying the pledge of allegiance.