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How can I keep squirrels, chipmunks, birds etc. away from sunflowers?

Sunflower    Pennsylvania, USA

I absolutely love sunflowers and am planning to try growing them on the part of my balcony that gets most sun. I tried this last year and the squirrels ate my seedlings soon after they emerged. How can I protect them as they grow so that I have the best chance of enjoying those beautiful flowers and harvesting the seeds?


Posted by: Lindsay McMenemy (167 points) Lindsay McMenemy
Posted: April 6, 2013




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You can tie old CD's to string and let them blow in the wind. As the sun hits the disc it reflects the sunlight and scares the birds. Garden suppliers also carry a type of tape that works in the same way. It's worth a try for the animals too. You can also look for some type of light weight netting to place over the plants.


Posted by: deactivated (1 point) deactivated
Posted: April 6, 2013


Lindsay McMenemy commented,
Thanks Danny, CDs are a novel idea. The squirrels are fearless though so I may try and find some netting.
about 6 years ago.

deactivated commented,
Your welcome. I had to put nets over my blackberries too
about 6 years ago.

Lindsay McMenemy commented,
My only worry is that if I get a soft netting then they will just ignore it and climb all over anyway. I may have to think about something more sturdy. Last year I had some success with bending a piece of chicken wire over the tops of containers. That stopped them digging but it's not so much the digging I'm worried about with sunflowers.. Need to protect the tender seedlings and then the heads.
about 6 years ago.

deactivated commented,
Trial and error, you will have to think "outside the box" for many gardening problems and solutions. Just don't give up on what you want to grow.
about 6 years ago.



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I have pretty good luck using moth balls. I put 3-4 balls in an old sock and hang them about 2 feet off the ground, every 4 feet around the garden bed. Good for most pests, including deer, rabbits and curious sheep dogs :)


Posted by: J.D. Archer (31 points) J.D. Archer
Posted: April 7, 2013


Lindsay McMenemy commented,
Ha! Interesting. Could try this too. Having visions of deer on my balcony.... But if it will work for squirrels and chipmunks then great! Thanks!
about 6 years ago.



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