Does anyone have any tips on how I can squirrel-proof my planters and pots?
I don’t *know* that it’s squirrels, but they’re in my garden more than I am, and so they’re the natural ones to blame. I’ve stopped feeding the birds because that was bringing squirrels in (*s* when I first moved in, it was, “Ooh, aren’t they cute?” for the first week, and “Gerrof, ya sods!” ever since.
I put a 2-3” layer of shredded bark on top of the planters in the hope that it would be a deterrent (as well as for the usual mulching purposes), but each day when I go out a find bark scattered over the paving, exposed soil in the planters and fewer pansies than I had the day before! My grasses are also being dug into, but they’re in much larger pots and so, I hope, more resilient.
I did think of gravel – there’s an aquatics shop just up the road where I buy fish-tank gravel for the bottoms of pots – but no matter how careful I am when repotting, the gravel tends to end up thoroughly mixed.
I’ve seen pebbles and glass nuggets, but they seem to be either very small packs for craftwork of half-ton sacks, neither of which would be very useful for me.
But would any of these be any more effective than bark as a deterrent?
Given that my outdoor space is the size of a large postage stamp, I don’t want anything too obtrusive or elaborate – or expensive.
- 12 May, 2011