Natural Ways To Keep Squirrels Out Of The Garden

Thom W. Conroy By Thom W. Conroy, 16th Mar 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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You don't need to harm squirrels to get rid of them

Make a plan

While watching squirrels playfully run about your yard can be an interesting way to spend an hour or so, observing the damage they can inflict upon a garden can be a distressing occasion. The ability to keep squirrels out of your garden is largely dependent upon any number of factors, but most importantly, the general size of the squirrel population on and around your property. Simple mathematics would dictate that the more squirrels are present in the local area, the greater the chance of squirrels damaging a garden will be. Luckily, excessive measures are not required to keep squirrels away - there is no need to harm them, natural remedies will work well without harming the squirrels or a gardener's psyche.

The most common natural way to keep squirrels out of your garden is to simply build a fence or barrier that prevents access to the garden. While this sounds good, the downside is that building a fence can be expensive and labor intensive. It also need to be remembered that squirrels are great at climbing and digging, and there is always a chance that all of the effort in constructing a fence may not have the desired impact.

The seemingly most effective measures a gardener can take to keep squirrels out of the garden all have to do with presenting odors that are offensive to them. Since squirrels have a keen sense of smell, there are a good many items available with strong odors that can do the job without harming the squirrels. One of the oldest measures is to sprinkle cayenne pepper around your garden plants. Another remedy to keep squirrels out of the garden is to plant a border of marigolds around the garden, because squirrels hate the smell. Yet another is to sprinkle used cat litter around the garden's edge - squirrels will think there are cats present and stay away.

One very ingenious way to keep squirrels out of your garden is to purchase several plastic or inflatable animals of prey, such as snakes, owls or hawks and position them about the garden. The key to using this method is to occasionally change the location of the fake animals so the squirrels do not get wise to your trick. Placing motion detector sprinklers is also a great way to run squirrels off without harming them. When they approach the garden they receive a shot of cold water that will send them running.

If all else fails, a gardener can always use a no-harm trap to catch the squirrels and then simply relocate them to a distant wooded area. In any case, there is never a reason to injure or kill a squirrel to keep it out of your garden, as there are plenty of natural and non-violent ways to protect both your garden and wildlife.


Flowers, Garden, Home, Natural Ways, Pests, Plants, Squirrels, Yard

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author avatar PelletPete
21st Mar 2012 (#)

If they are too much of a problem in your neighborhood go ahead and kill them if its allowed. If you were going to starve because your garden had no food left in it do you think the squirrels would leave it alone and let YOU live?

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author avatar Net
9th May 2012 (#)

Squirrel Gumbo! Hmmm...

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