As any avid gardener can tell you, unwanted garden pests such as squirrels can create quite a problem in your garden. Chewing on leaves and disrupting the balance of your garden, a few squirrels can cause an awful lot of extra work for a gardener. Gardeners are always looking for good gardening tips on squirrel pest control. With today’s movement toward living life greener, it is important to find a squirrel pest-control solution that is organic and natural. There are five proven gardening tips to keep squirrels and other garden pests out of your garden naturally.
The first method of squirrel pest control involves cayenne pepper. This is a gardening tip offered by a local nursery. Sprinkle the spice liberally around the border of your garden. For some unknown reason, squirrels do not like this. It is a perfect, natural squirrel pest control. The garden pests will avoid the pepper and thus not enter your garden.
A second method, a gardening tip commonly spoken of, is fencing in your garden. It is true that this can be an expensive method for squirrel pest control, but it is a permanent one. Unlike some of the natural repellents, a fence will never have to be ‘reapplied.’ A one time investment of money and labor will protect your garden from the garden pest squirrel for years to come.
Another fencing method of squirrel pest control involves building cages to place over your plants. Using wood, build a frame and cover that frame on all four sides and the top with tight weave chicken wire. The cages can be placed over your delicate plants to protect them from garden pests, but are easily removed for watering or weeding or for the simple pleasure of garden gazing. The design for these cages came from a gardening tip in my local paper. This squirrel pest control method, while effective, is a little labor intensive. Additionally, if you leave the cages off accidentally after watering, your only form of protection will be gone, leaving the squirrels and other garden pests free to rampage your garden.
A more popular method of squirrel pest control is creating natural squirrel repellents using a variety of substances and vinegar. These gardening tips are offered by organic gardeners. Mashed up garlic or jalapeño peppers mixed with vinegar in a spray bottle work well. Simply spray the parameter of your garden with the mixture to ward off garden pests like squirrels. The only downside of this method is it will need to be reapplied after not only every rainfall, but also after watering. An additional gardening tip is to put the mixture right into your watering can!
A final and perhaps most effective method of keeping your garden and squirrel free, is to use raised beds and ensure your property is free of easy squirrel food. The less food available in your yard, the less likely squirrels and other garden pests are to visit! My fellow gardener offers the following gardening tip: Don’t forget to make sure you bird feeders are anti-squirrel feeders.
There are several good methods of squirrel pest control to prevent damage to your garden by squirrels and other garden pests. Talk with other gardeners in your area to see if they have other gardening tips that may work. These natural methods are not harmful to your garden or the squirrels that aggravate you.