Why, oh why, do those cute (but VERY pesky) squirrels keep damaging your lovely potted flowers?
You worked so hard to grow and nurture your flower pots. But nature does indeed come with the need to truly understand your flower ruiners.
Having the real facts about animal adversaries — like squirrels and how to keep squirrels out of flower pots — requires some knowledge of why they are doing that flower pot damage in the first place!
The better you come to understand the reasons behind any rival animal becomes your initial step in stopping the damage being done. And winning!
No Matter What Season It Is, You’ll Be Seeing Them Around!
Because squirrels do not hibernate in the cold winter seasons, the fuzzy-tailed critters are always on the lookout for seeds, nuts, vegetables, and — yes — even flowers. They collect these food items in order to hold them through the upcoming winter season.
You often see squirrels digging away in various spots on your property. But all that digging isn’t necessarily their search for food sources. Squirrels also dig in order to find what they consider the best, safest storage spots for the food items they have already found and will need to safely get to during the cold times of the year.
How to Keep Squirrels Out of Flower Pots
There are a number of ways to keep squirrels out of flower pots and other areas of your property that you don’t want to be damaged by their seeking and their digging.
From do-it-yourself, homemade solutions to specialty items you can find in your local gardening store, there are definitely more ways than one to keep those squirrels out of your flower pots!
First and foremost, make sure that your yard and your property are not a “squirrel playground.”
Try your very best to keep squirrels away through various preventive measures such as:
- Garbage cans that are tightly and securely lidded
- Do you have compost? If so, never leave the scraps outside in the open
- Is your property covered by blankets of acorn droppings from your trees? If so, find a way to pick up those acorns on a very consistent basis (like every day!). Otherwise, those flower pot damaging squirrels will be permanent residents of your property and your yard
- Try spreading out gravel or small stones within your flower pot. It’s a safe and attractive look for your flower pot, but most important of all, it may prevent a squirrel from digging into your flower pot’s soil
Now, It’s Time to Begin Implementing Some Proven Squirrel Damage Prevention!
Autumn (oh, those squirrels know when winter is approaching!) is typically the busiest and most yard-damaging time of year when it comes to instinctual squirrel digging behavior. Fall is the time they really need to step up their food hoarding and food hiding!
Let’s begin with some of the easier and more basic — and workable! — ideas for keeping those squirrels away:
If a taste or a smell is unappealing to these critters, they stay away from your flower pots and gardens
Blocking any exposed soil surfaces can help. Stones can help with this blockade basic; just make sure you leave enough room and gaps to allow water to properly flow into the soil. Squirrels are largely used to people and their comings and goings, so scaring them off is generally a no-go.
However, making or buying unpredictably noisy items (think wind chimes) will give them a surprising scare. You can also make or purchase yard decorations that are squirrel predators, such as an owl or hawk lawn decoration
The Best Ways to Launch Your Squirrel-Away Know-How
Check out these proven methods for keeping squirrels out of flower pots. Try several methods. This will help you to discover which one is the easiest, most successful way for you to rid your property of your squirrel problem!
Squirrels are really turned off by unusually strong smells as well as things that taste bitter. Try sprinkling some of the following natural repellents onto your soil; they are safe for your potted flowers, and unpleasant for squirrels!
- Ground-up chili peppers * Flakes of red pepper spice * Cayenne pepper * Water-diluted hot sauce * Powerful smelling essential oils, such as Eucalyptus
- Squirrels shy away from things with shiny reflections for some reason. Try spreading aluminum foil along the tops of the flower pots you want to protect. Don’t forget to poke holes in the foil for watering purposes!
- Don’t have a dog? Consider getting one. Dogs are expert squirrel chasers. It’s almost an obsession for dogs to chase squirrels!
- Give motion-activated sprinklers a try. When placed near your flower pots, the water sprinklers are sure to give those pesky squirrels an uncomfortable and frightening surprise.
- Squirrels are known to despise the smell of mothballs. That said, scatter some mothballs near the vicinity of the potted flowers you want to protect
Cheers, and here’s to your success in keeping squirrels out of flower pots — for good!