Problems with Deer and Squirrels in Your Yard?
Deer Eating Your Backyard Paradise?
Deer are naturally shy of people. However, they have no qualms about browsing on your shrubbery and flower beds. The only foolproof method is fencing, but this can be expensive and require a lot of maintenance. Planting unpalatable plant varieties can help. Fragrant plants such as Bee balm, Catmint, etc. seem much less attractive than other popular plants such as Day
Keep deer out of your garden:
Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Things You’ll Need:
- Aluminum Pie Pans
- White Bed Sheets – ripped into strips
- Plastic Grocery Sacks
- A Guard Dog
- Woven Wire Fencing
- Metal T-Posts
- Barbed Wire
- Aluminum Tubing – cut into
- Heavy Gauge Wire
Tie aluminum pie pans to tree branches or to posts around your garden. The noise from the pans flapping in the breeze may be enough to deter the deer from entering the garden space.
Tie bed sheet strips to posts or branches. The movement may make the deer leery enough to go elsewhere. Alternately, you can use white, plastic grocery sacks.
Train a guard dog to protect the garden.
Squirrels and Your Bird Feeders!
Did you know that squirrels are one of the most amazing athletes, especially when it comes to lunch at your bird feeder! They are capable of jumping 5 feet vertically, and 10 feet horizontally! Some suggestions are to place your feeder 5 to 6 feet off the ground, and at least 8 feet away from bushes, limbs, railings, or anything that they can use as access to your feeder. There are a variety of feeders available, including ones that will automatically close with the
Keep squirrels out of your garden:
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- Pruning Shears
- Aluminum Flashing
- Nails or Screws
- Chili Peppers: the hotter, the better
- Motion Detection Sprinkler
- Bricks, Stones or Lumber
- Fine Plastic Mesh
- Squirrel-proof Bird Feeder
Wrap 24-inch wide aluminum flashing around the base of tree trunks to prevent squirrels from shredding the bark. Use copper or stainless steel nails or screws to attach the metal to the trunk. (These metal collars will only protect stand-alone trees.)
Keep trees trimmed above fence lines and roofs. Squirrels prefer to travel via overhead highways in the tree canopy. By creating a break in their path, you eliminate the
Place loose plastic mesh over flower beds at planting time. The plants will grow through the mesh, but squirrels will be prevented from digging.
Use motion detection sprinklers in the garden where squirrels are a problem. A sudden burst of water will frighten them, at least temporarily. Motion detecting lighting is of no use because tree squirrels are not nocturnal.
Cover spring bulb beds with fine plastic mesh. Secure it along the sides of the beds with bricks, stones or lumber. By the time the bulbs are up in the spring, you can gently remove the mesh.
Place ground chili peppers in flower pots and garden beds. Use the hottest chilies you can find, the little Thai chilies are excellent, so are habaneras and
Rake up under bird feeders, or hang them over paved areas so that you can keep the ground beneath them clean. Squirrels love bird seed!
Use a squirrel-proof bird feeder. These feeders have