How to Keep Squirrels Out of Flower Pots


Squirrels may be cute in trees or running around the neighborhood, but they can pose a serious threat to plants in flower pots. As many people know--if only from cartoons--squirrels save food for later by hiding it. Sometimes they choose a flower pot as their hiding place. Even if squirrels do not hide anything there, they may still destroy your plants by digging numerous holes in search of a lost nut. There are a few tricks you can try to keep your flower pots safe.

Step 1

Remove the top 1 inch of soil from a flower pot you have planted bulbs in, and measure the circumference of your pot at the top of the remaining soil.

Step 2

Cut a piece of hardware cloth or chicken wire to that measurement, using metal shears or side cutters. If using hardware cloth with bulbs, cut a small hole in the cloth above each bulb to ensure that the stalk can grow through it.

Step 3

Put mothballs on top of the soil. Squirrels do not like the odor and will not be able to dig the mothballs up when the mesh is on them.

Step 4

Place the mesh piece on top of the soil and mothballs, and replace the soil you had taken out.

Step 5

Secure the mesh by placing heavy rocks around the inside edge of your flower pots. These will help hold it down when squirrels try to dig.

Things You'll Need

  • Hardware cloth or chicken wire mesh
  • Plant cage
  • Moth balls
  • Daffodils
  • Potting soil
  • Flower pots
  • Seeds or bulbs
  • Trowel
  • Metal shears or side cutters
  • Large rocks


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About this Author

Amrita Chuasiriporn is a professional cook, baker, and writer. In addition to cooking and baking for a living, Chuasiriporn has written for several online publications. These include Chef's Blade, CraftyCrafty, and others. Additionally, Chuasiriporn is a regular contributor to online automotive enthusiast publication Chuasiriporn holds an A.A.S. in culinary arts, as well as a B.A. in Spanish language and literature.