Placing small rocks around a newly planted rose may prevent squirrles from digging around it's roots.
I TRANSPLANTED ONE ROSE BUSH YESTERDAY TO ALLOW SPACE ON ALL SIDES FOR FUTURE GROWTH but when I walked out back today, to check things out. I looked down at the area near that rose's roots and knew that a squirrel had been digging away at it. I saw where the dirt had been dug into a trench. I imagine the squirrel placed one of his newly acquired acorns from our Pin Oak tree from the many thousands laying somewhere on the entire back lawn. So, I had to re-pack the soil around the roots of the rose bush, which, already had a few small roses budding out and two were in bloom already since I first planted it a few weeks ago.
The small rocks I managed to gather up from around the fence were placed around the rose about 8 inches around it's circumference, and then I piled some mulch all around and finally I took 4 flat 8x16x2 inch concrete stepping stones and placed them in a frame around the perimeter. I then watered the rose. To top it all off, I put a garden statuette of a lady & her child next to the rose so as to make the squirrel think it was alive and it might just stop the squirrel in it's tracks. If the statuette doesn't do the job, perhaps the stones and the rocks will. Otherwise I will have to go with plan B ... spraying jalapeno infused water all around the ground at the base of the rose.
Read this article from Thrifty Fun and learn about ways you can prevent squirrels from digging at your potted plants and in your gardens.
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