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Protecting bulbs from wildlife

Q: How do I protect my spring blooming bulbs from wildlife?

A: Squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and voles can wreak havoc on bulb beds. These animals prefer crocus and tulip bulbs, but will often dig and discard others. To discourage wildlife from digging and eating bulbs, place chicken wire over the planting area. Wire can be laid an inch or two below the soil surface or laid across the planting bed. Use large gauge wire for larger sized bulbs and smaller gauge wire for smaller bulbs.

Another option is to apply a thin layer of dried blood meal over the garden bed after bulbs have been planted. Blood meal will need to be applied after periods of heavy rainfall or irrigation.

If animals continue to be a nuisance, consider planting wildlife resistant bulbs such as daffodils or alliums.