Squirrels digging in your flowerpots?
Come on who doesnít think squirrels are cute? When you went out of the porch to water your flowerpots you noticed some digging in the potting mix or a few nibbles off the leaves is taking place. Well, we donít believe in harming animals when there are perfectly natural ways to keep them away. It just takes a few simple steps for you to achieve results.
Many animals donít like the scent of different types of herbs & spices. So, letís start there. Sprinkle cayenne pepper around the plants and the scent will keep them away. Sprinkling ground herbs around living plants are used a lot and will not harm the plants at all. Paprika or Red Pepper Flakes work also. Of course, after a bit of time more will need to be added but if it works, then why not!
If you have thought a time or two about potting some herbs try mixing your garden planters with potted flowers and herbs. Mix Mint in with other plants and the scent will keep squirrels away. This not only looks beautiful but if you like the smell of mint having a bit in your garden containers will only add to your enjoyment.
If the digging is getting out of hand, try laying a layer of mulch, hay, toys, nuts in the shell, seashells, colored rocks or marbles on the top of the potting mix. The squirrels wonít want to touch them and dig around them to get to the roots of the plant and will move on to an easier next victim. This can also be fun and give your flowerpots a finish almost decorative look.