Protect Your Potting SoilMost squirrels are more concerned with your soil than your plants. While you may love the look and smell of your vegetables and flowers, the local squirrel population is busy finding great hiding spots for food caches. The first few holes may be subtle, but over time squirrels can devastate potted plants. Small holes turn into large ones, which can affect the health and visual appeal of your plants. A yard or patio planter is a great place to dig a small hole and hide a few nuts. As they dig, some squirrels also take a little time to nibble on several leaves, buds or bulbs. The three basic ways to help protect your plants from these intruders include guarding the soil, adding deterrents and working with professionals. Try using chicken wire or landscaping stakes buried in your pot. These minor inconveniences may be enough to deter a squirrel from digging around them. Other protective options include mulch and stones. Stones are durable enough to preserve your potted plant all season. Unfortunately, they can also retain enough heat to affect the plants in the summer. Mulch is a safer option, but it requires a little more maintenance. Some particularly persistent squirrels may still dig up your mulch and potting soil. These features can affect the look of your potted plants. If mulch or stones don’t add to the overall ambience of your plants, it can be an unsatisfying solution. Some homeowners give up altogether and simply remove their plant containers. Don’t give up on your outdoor garden or elegant landscaping theme but try squirrel deterrents instead or work with the professionals to protect your flowers, herbs and potted vegetables.
Add Squirrel DeterrentsAnother option is to add ingredients to your soil that squirrels dislike. Here are some items that homeowners have had varying success using to deter squirrels from digging in their potted plants:
- Human hair
- Pet hair
- Cayenne pepper
- Peppermint oil