How to Keep Squirrels From Eating Flower Bulbs


Some animals, such as squirrels, are notorious for digging up flower bulbs. It is often for this reason that many gardeners dig up and store bulbs that are hardy in their climate for the winter. Before throwing up your hands and letting the squirrels win the battle of the bulbs or before you unnecessarily dig them up for the winter, you can take some measures to keep the squirrels from eating your flower bulbs.

Step 1

Dip or spray unplanted bulbs with repellent designed for moles or rodents. Then, plant the bulbs as usual.

Step 2

Place a layer of chicken wire over top of the planting site. Cover this with soil or mulch. The shoots from the bulbs will grow through the holes in the chicken wire.

Step 3

Spray a repellent spray designed for rodents or moles over top of the mulch after planting. Always follow manufacturer directions.

Step 4

Build a fence with chicken wire if all else fails. It should be buried at least 6 inches into the ground and extend 30 inches high. Add an additional 6-inch wide layer of chicken wire, flat to the ground along the outside perimeter of the fence to prevent the squirrel from digging their way in to the planting site.

Things You'll Need

  • Mole or rodent repellent
  • Chicken wire


  • Bulbs FAQs
  • Colorado State University Cooperative Extension: Animal Pests in the Garden
  • University of Minnesota Ask a Gardener: Squirrels
Keywords: keep squirrels bulbs, eating flower bulbs, animals digging bulbs

About this Author

Melissa Lewis graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has written over 20 episodes for the radio drama entitled "A Work in Progress." She also writes for several online outlets, including Gardenguides, Travels and Examiner, and is currently finalizing a movie script to be filmed in 2010.