Squirrel tips:How to keep them from digging up your potted plants in WNY

squirrel on fence by Stofko
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

We’re getting into the time when squirrels start to store acorns for the winter. I don’t mind when the squirrels stash their hoard in my lawn, but I do object when they dig up a container that holds perennials.

Here’s a tip from Lyn Chimera of Lessons from Nature:

To keep squirrels and chipmunks from digging up potted plants, cover the top of the soil with a layer of pea gravel after the container is planted. The sharp gravel hurts their paws and they don’t bother your containers.

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2 Comments on “Squirrel tips:How to keep them from digging up your potted plants in WNY

  1. Hi Reni, my best advice is to contact Cooperative Extension again. If it’s not a pollination problem, maybe it’s a soil problem, or lack of light, etc. They’re the best people to help you sort out this problem.

  2. I have tried for 2 years to successfully grow butternut squash to no avail. I was advised by Cooperative Extension to try to pollinate myself with a child’s paintbrush due to possible lack of pollinators but even that didn’t work. I am trying to raise them in plastic raised garden boxes. Can you advise me what I’m doing wrong? Thank You.

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