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I was quite upset today to find that something has been digging up my tulips from the containers and also from the borders. Whatever animal it is has ignored the Narcissi! Any ideas, please? We very rarely see any squirrels here. Could it be badgers? HELP!!


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if the bulbs are not being eaten ,badgers, if they are it could indead be squirrels, the narcissi are hot like an onion,hope this gives you a better idear, I was going to say hope this helps ,but the damage is dun,

16 Dec, 2009

 

The bulbs have vanished, Cliffo - but we don't get squirrels here - I've only ever set eyes on one - a couple of years ago! Could one be eating all that lot? - I planted 50 in the wooden boxes and about 30 around the garden. :-((((

16 Dec, 2009

 

I had the same problem, no sooner had I put them in pots the squirrels had been at them. So they now sit with chiken wire over the top to stop them getting at them.

16 Dec, 2009

 

Squirrels most likely, are there any acorns in the same place? or it could be mice or rats. Put a few drops of neat Jeyes fluid or Armillatox or paraffin on the soil after replanting even if they are damaged. They have just started to grow, sending off a sweet scent. They will not touch the Daffodils unless they are in their way where the Tulips are. They are poisonous to them. I don't think it is Badgers unless it is a very large hole, do the same anyhow.

16 Dec, 2009

 

Well - I used to have to do that in Kent, T&T, so if a squirrel or two have found their way here, I shall do that next year. I am just so ANGRY - it's such a waste! One of my terracotta pots was lying on its side, with pansies scattered around, too!

16 Dec, 2009

 

you could finde them growing in a diferent place, because they will have re berryed the best one's

16 Dec, 2009

 

No, Docbob, no oak trees - that was the problem in Kent!

It's too late to re-order all the tulips I need, sadly. I'm talking about the wooden boxes along the boundary fence.....hmmm...I'll have to wait and get little pots of growing tulips as I did last year, now. Thanks for the thoughts - I agree it does sound as if it's squirrels! Grrrrr... If I get my hands on them!

16 Dec, 2009

 

Paint the outside of the boxes with neat Jeyes Fluid etc. to create a different smell, to keep them away.

16 Dec, 2009

 

Even if they've removed all the tulips, Docbob?

16 Dec, 2009

 

Sorry Cliffo - missed your last comment - I wouldn't mind if they had buried the bulbs in another place! That would be a nice surprise in the spring! :-)))

16 Dec, 2009

 

is it neat holes or a mess?how about rabbits-- we don't get squirrels but have watched the rabbits jump in the pots and throw everything out--

16 Dec, 2009

 

Yes Barbara, it will keep everything away except possibly the neighbours Lol.

16 Dec, 2009

 

Supposing I paint both sides AND the fence Docbob? LOL.

Pam - they were quite neat holes - with some compost spilt over the sides of the boxes.

16 Dec, 2009

 

If it was badgers I would expect a lot of mess all round where tyhey had been digging. Squirrels would be neater and could explain the bulbs being carried away.
You will just have to sit up tonight and watch ;-)

16 Dec, 2009

 

sounds like a squirrel these pesky rabbits(bugs bunny......) make a mess tryingto burrow out of the pot ;~(

16 Dec, 2009

 

what you want is a miniwebcam then you can sleep!

16 Dec, 2009

 

How many tulips can this pesky squirrel eat in one night? It was all OK yesterday! I reckon he invited all his friends and relatives for a binge!

16 Dec, 2009

 

that is such a pity spritz. I would go for squirrel too. though our pet bunnies do dig neat holes when allowed out on the grass.

16 Dec, 2009

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