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How to Keep Squirrels Away From Tulip Bulbs

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Overview

Spring bulbs burst forth with bright blooms while most of the garden is still dormant. This much appreciated blossoming may be stunted if squirrels decimated your tulip bed over the winter. Tulip bulbs suffer the most from squirrels and other pests. Other than not planting them at all, protecting them so they can still grow and bloom but the squirrels can't get to them is the only way to save them. Fortunately, all the supplies needed to stop the squirrels are available at any hardware store.

Step 1

Remove the top 3 inches of soil from your garden bed and place on a tarp. Mix in the same amount of fresh compost as there is soil.

Step 2

Place bulbs on top of the soil in the garden bed. Space them 4 to 6 inches apart and set them so the pointed end is facing up.

Step 3

Fill in around the bulbs with the soil on the tarp. Fill the bed with soil until it is at the same level as the top of the bulbs.

Step 4

Cut a length of wire mesh from its spool with wire snips. Use mesh with 1/2-inch openings. Cut it to the length and width of the garden bed.

Step 5

Lay the mesh on top of the bed, covering the tulip bulbs. Place the rest of the soil from the tarp on top of the mesh. Level the garden bed. Add additional compost, if needed, so the tip of the bulbs is sitting 6 inches beneath the top of the soil.

Step 6

Apply a 2-inch layer of organic mulch on top of the bed. Water as usual until the first frost in fall. The mesh stops the squirrels from digging into the bed but the tulips will still grow through it.

Tips and Warnings

  • Squirrel deterrent sprays and powders available at garden centers only work until rain washes them away. Wire mesh over the top of the bulbs won't stop field mice or moles that come up from underneath them. Instead, purchase wire bulb boxes from garden centers. These surround the bulbs on all sides.

Things You'll Need

  • Tarp
  • Compost
  • Wire mesh
  • Wire snips
  • Organic mulch

References

  • University of Illinois Extension
Keywords: tulip bulbs, stopping squirrels, squirrels in bulb beds

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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