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How to Keep Squirrels Out of a Garden

By Stan DeFreitas ; Updated September 21, 2017

Keeping squirrels out of a garden involves sweeping up any acorns away from the garden, planting things well above the ground in a planter or raised bed and only having squirrel-resistant bird feeders on the property. Discourage squirrels from the garden if they are menacing with advice from an experienced horticulturist in this free video on gardening.


Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. We're at Willow Tree Nursery in St. Petersburg, Florida. How do you keep squirrels out of your garden. Well that's a toughie. One thing you may want to do is try to keep everything open, if you've got a lot of acorns and stuff that they like to eat upon, well maybe kind of sweep them up, put them off to some other part of the yard or garden. That might be somewhat of a help. But, you might also think of making sure that you plant things well up above the ground. Squirrels of course will take the course of least resistance. Sometimes you'll find different food sources that they're going to come for. If you're feeding the birds, you're probably feeding the squirrels. Now there are some devices that the birds can land and eat and the squirrels cannot hold on to. You can try some of those things as well. With squirrels in general, if they become a real major problem, you can get a have a heart trap like a box trap and you can actually trap them and take them off, you won't kill them, you'll take them off to the local park and let them re-acclimate there. Squirrels aren't usually a major, major problem and in fact a lot of people feed them. For askmrgreenthumb.com, I'm Stan DeFreitas.


About the Author


Stan DeFreitas, also known as "Mr. Green Thumb," has experience as an urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College. "Mr. Green Thumb" has spread gardening know-how on radio, TV and newspaper columns in both the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Tribune. DeFreitas is the number one gardening adviser in the state of Florida, was the first to establish a "community garden" in Pinellas County and helped start the first Master Garden Program in Pinellas County. DeFreitas was also twice Jaycees Horticulture "Man of the Year" was awarded the landscape design award from the city of St. Petersburg Beach, and he was the host of the highest-rated garden show on local PBS.