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We have recently removed red chips from an area of garden and replaced it with new top soil and membrane to reduce weed growth. We planted new plants and put down chipped bark. Every morning since we did this we have found large patches where the chipped bark has been scraped away, the membrane pulled up and in a some places has been chewed. I am blaming grey squirrels of which there are many in this part of the country (Glasgow). So far they have not damaged any of the new plants and the disturbance is cosmetic but I know the type of damage they can do. Can anyone suggest how we deter them from this part of the garden?

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  • Posted: Wed. 18th August 2010 12:03

Re: Squirrels in the garden

Reply from Katy Elton

Hi Rosemary,

Some say that sprinkling cayenne pepper on the ground deters squirrels, although I've never tried this myself! I've also come across a recipe that you can follow to make a spray to deter squirrels, which involves one small bottle of hot pepper sauce, one gallon of water, and one teaspoon of washing detergent. Apparently this is mixed up and sprayed on plants and areas you wish to keep squirrels away from.

As I've never tried either of these myself I'm intrigued to know whether they work, so please do let us know how you get on if you give it a try!

If the problem persists you might want to try planting 'squirrel resistant' plants there - all narcissus are suposedly unappetizing to squirrels, as are Crocus tommasinianus (make sure it's this particular species of crocus, all others are very appetizing). Fritillaria imperialis are said to give off a smell which repels all rodents, so may also be worth a try.

Hope this helps.


  • Posted: Thu. 19th August 2010 12:53

Re: Re: Squirrels in the garden

Reply from Rosemary Whyte

Thanks for the suggestions Katy. I'll certainly try them and report back.

  • Posted: Thu. 19th August 2010 15:07

Re: Squirrels in the garden

Reply from pete

These furry little guys have just decided to invade my garden - since recently putting up a couple of bird feeders and suet cakes.... and there may lie the answer - if they are difficult to determ, then control them (if funds allow) through making nuts and seed available - the birds still get a look in at mine and fortunately (fingers crossed) none of my plants have been disturbed ... yet!

  • Posted: Wed. 25th May 2011 22:33