A GARDENING expert has revealed how to stop squirrels from wreaking havoc on your garden.
Benita Middleton – head of horticulture at Benita’s Garden Services – shared three simple tips to prevent pesky pests from causing havoc this spring.
First, plants that repel squirrels — including daffodils, onion plants, and hyacinths — can keep pests from ever getting near your lawn.
They have bulbs that smell and taste too strong for the organism – and they stay away.
Benita’s second tip is to use spices and herbs – because the taste is too unpleasant for them.
She told Show: “Sprinking spicy or strongly scented herbs like cayenne pepper, garlic, and mint around the plant can also help repel squirrels.”
If the creatures graze, they will quickly recognize the overpowering taste and stay out of your garden forever.
Other natural insect repellents – including predator urine, castor oil and vinegar – also work as a treatment.
“Spraying these around the garden can help keep the squirrels away,” she adds.
Next is installing a physical barrier to keep out the squirrels.
Place tight-spaced fences or nets in place.
If you have a vegetable plot – make sure the plants are covered from all angles so squirrels can’t get them from above.
An alternative food source for squirrels – so they won’t be tempted by your plants – can also work.
“Providing an alternative food source for squirrels, such as a squirrel feeder, can help divert their attention from the plants in your garden,” says Benita.
It comes after a shrewd gardener shared her three tips for having vibrant hanging baskets this year.
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