Are Squirrels Getting the Best of Your Garden?

Posted on Jul 11 2012 - 1:37am by Mike Lieberman

Does it seem like squirrels are eating more from your garden than you are?

Those long tailed furry rodents can be a huge pain in the…garden.

Squirrels are smart and persistent creatures. If they want something, they will do what they can to get it.

Squirrels on rooftop garden

In this Q&A segment, Kevin from Philly is having squirrel problems and wants to know what he can do.

He says, “I live in Philadelphia and have no green space…but I do have a roof deck and have spent the last few months getting it set up as both an entertaining and gardening space. I started small last year, but have expanded with lots of containers this year. I have an I’d love to hear more about:

Squirrels, those damn furry ninjas ate a ton of my seedlings…and I think the birds are in cahoots as well, they pulled up all of my chive seedlings. Weeks of starting things from seeds got wasted. Any advice on wildlife proofing the urban garden?”

Simple tips to keep squirrels from your container garden

  1. I suggest securely fixing chicken wire around the containers to keep the squirrels away. You could also use another kind of fencing, wiring or mesh to keep them away. I know you are using the space to entertain as well, so you need to keep the aesthetics on point.
  2. Distract them with a plate of food. To help keep them away from your crops, put out a bowl or dish of food for them to chow down on.
  3. People have also recommended using an airsoft gun to keep them away. That can turn into a game.

Between the fencing and the food, the squirrels should be kept in check.

Thanks Kevin for holding it down in the 2-1-5 (I went to school and lived in Philly for 10 years).

Your turn

In the comments below, let me know what kind of urban wildlife you are having trouble with in your garden.

Photo courtesy of likeaduck on Flickr.