we laid a new mini-citi-backyard lawn(with sod) about 6 weeks ago...
it's great!! but squirrells are digging holes in it every day.
it's such a small lawn that if this keeps up, alas, our lawn will
any suggestions to deal with this greatly appreciated...
Another option is to get a Havahart trap, bait it with crackers & peanut
butter, catch the little beasties, and drive them to a park. Be sure to put
some corrugated cardboard under the trap when you put it in the car.
Squirrels have lots of claws, and they'll shred whatever's under the cage.
Of course, this is temporary, since other squirrels will soon move into the
vacated territory, but if you continue the trapping, it might buy you the
couple of months you need for the lawn to get tough enough to be
By the way, practice at opening the trap from behind and taking 3 steps
backward, quickly. Squirrels get really pissed off. My experience is that
really don't attack you, but I've seen one or two jump on top of the trap so
fast that your hand gets caught in the action.
If you are going to throw peanuts, be sure they aren't in their case
as those will get buried. Use hulled/shelled peanuts. Another optio
would be to feed them hulled sunflower seeds. The birds will like i
too and no hulls to make a mess. If the squirrels have something t
eat, they won't be digging in your garden.
If you feed them peanuts IN the shell, they will bury them as the shel
protects the peanuts. If you either break the shells in half or giv
them peanuts that have no shell, they will eat them and leave you
plants and bulbs alone. They don't bury the shelled peanuts.
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