How to Keep Squirrels Out of a Garden


Squirrels can mess up your garden, trees, plants and more. To rid of squirrels from your personal garden follow the easy steps below. Getting rid of squirrels will ensure a healthy garden.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need

  • Pruning Shears
  • Aluminum Flashing
  • nails or screws
  • chili peppers: the hotter, the better
  • motion detection sprinkler
  • bricks, stones or lumber
  • fine plastic mesh
  • squirrel-proof bird feeder


Step One

Wrap 24-inch wide aluminum flashing around the base of tree trunks to prevent squirrels from shredding the bark. Use copper or stainless steel nails or screws to attach the metal to the trunk. (These metal collars will only protect stand-alone trees.)

Step Two

Keep trees trimmed above fence lines and roofs. Squirrels prefer to travel via overhead highways in the tree canopy. By creating a break in their path, you eliminate the squirrels route into your garden.

Step Three

Place loose plastic mesh over flower beds at planting time. The plants will grow through the mesh, but squirrels will be prevented from digging.

Step Four

Use motion detection sprinklers in the garden where squirrels are a problem. A sudden burst of water will frighten them, at least temporarily. Motion detecting lighting is of no use because tree squirrels are not nocturnal.

Step Five

Cover spring bulb beds with fine plastic mesh. Secure it along the sides of the beds with bricks, stones or lumber. By the time the bulbs are up in the spring, you can gently remove the mesh.

Step Six

Place ground chili peppers in flower pots and garden beds. Use the hottest chilies you can find, the little Thai chilies are excellent, so are habaneras and cascabellas. The capsicum in the peppers makes for unpleasant digging. The term 'hot foot' applies here.

Step Seven

Rake up under bird feeders, or hang them over paved areas so that you can keep the ground beneath them clean. Squirrels love bird seed!

Step Eight

Use a squirrel-proof bird feeder. These feeders have cone shaped covers so squirrels can't slide down the wire to reach the seed.

Article courtesy of eHow.com

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