Squirrels won’t eat daffodil bulbs

How can I keep squirrels from eating my bulbs?

Plant them with the daffodils! Squirrels won’t eat daffodil bulbs so your tulips and other favorites should be spared.

In many areas of Canada and the US, squirrels rank high on the scale of garden pests and there are plants that they don’t like, daffodils included.

Daffodils (narcissus) are poisonous to squirrels — they also seem to stay away from ornamental allum, so generally don’t nibble on the bulbs or the flowers.

You might also consider planting a few daffodils in shady areas near the base of your trees to keep the little critters from peeling the bark from evergreens and shrubs.

Tulip and daffodil enthusiasts suggest planting bulbs in small groups of 3 or 5 with a couple of daffodil bulbs in the mix to protect the tastier ones. Most bulbs do well when planted close together, and the blanket of blooms the following spring will be stunning!

Keep squirrels away from bulbs with bird feeders and chicken wire

Another way to keep squirrels away from tasty bulbs is to give them something easier to get at like corn or seeds in a conveniently placed feeder. They’ll go for what’s easier-to-reach and hopefully become too full to dig for your bulbs!

Chicken wire spread over the bulb garden should also do the trick but if those pesky squirrels find their way around it, plant bulbs in wire cages.

Spices work as repellants!

Crushed hot pepper, cayenne powder and pepper flakes sprinkled on top of the flower bed after planting will disguise the scent of newly planted bulbs. If the squirrels in your neighbourhood are overly persistent, inquire at the local garden centre for a non-chemical rodent repellant.

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Photo credit: newenglandbirdhouse.com; Resources: thanks Mike at GardensAlive.com for the advice about protecting bulbs from rodents, yellow daffodils from wikipedia commons

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