“I need to protect my garden from squirrels. I want to do container gardening on my deck. I have problems with squirrels eating all my berries and some of my veggies. What is the best way to protect them?” Question from Melanie of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania
Answer: There are several useful ways that you can implement to keep squirrels from eating your prized fruits and vegetables. Take one or more of these approaches, and even the cleverest squirrels will be thwarted.
- Netting and/or caging will keep squirrels away from your berry and vegetable beds and containers.
- Motion-sensor water sprayers are an excellent method for repelling small animals, like rabbits and squirrels. The Orbit Yard Enforcer is one model with good reviews.
- Dogs and cats also help keep squirrels away, and it’s always nice to have pets.
- Most foul-smelling Repellents are a good option for protecting ornamental gardens from squirrels, but not vegetable beds. That’s because poor-smelling repellants can impact the flavor of your produce. Mint and chili pepper sprays, however, reportedly turn squirrels off, so give these a try. They should not negatively impact your home produce unless you directly spray berries and fruits.
Have a great gardening season!
Black Gold Horticulturist