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Garden Therapy: Preventing Creatures From Eating Fall Bulbs

Ann Whitman, the green goods supervisor at Gardener's Supply, recently offered some advice for preventing squirrels, deer, and other critters from digging up and destroying your Fall bulbs. Check out her tips below.


  • Squirrels love to dig in newly disturbed soil, so prevent them from exploring by disguising your newly planted bulbs. Cover the planting area with rocks, boards, buckets, or chicken wire. Once the ground freezes, you can move the rocks or other materials.
  • Since deer don't care about bulbs until the Spring, protect tender leaves by covering them with wire mesh once they start popping up next Spring.
  • Avoid damage from chipmunks and voles by surrounding bulbs with sharp gravel and oyster shell. You can also plant them inside a wire cage.
  • Deter rascally rabbits by spraying repellents, such as Liquid Fence, or predator urine, around bulbs in the Spring.
  • Try planting bulbs that animals find unappealing. Chief among these are daffodils, alliums, fritillaries, grape hyacinths, and many other spring-flowering bulbs.


Source: Flickr User Gilles Gonthier

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kedawen kedawen 7 years
Luckily I don't have much of a problem with squirrels... how about advice on preventing gophers from eating EVERYTHING!! o.O Hehe. The one in our yard has a preference for onions, so he ate those and left most of the rest of the garden alone. Silly things.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I have to say that the picture of the squirrel is super cute! Thanks for the tips though!
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