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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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VinceSummers wrote on May 2, 2018, 1:59 PM

Just be careful in your choice of rocks is my advice. Some rocks are alkaline. It is possible they will raise the pH of the moisture your roses receive. Roses love acid.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 2, 2018, 2:01 PM

Okay I will. I also purchased a can of rose food crystals, that one single tablespoon per gallon diluted in a jug and poured onto the ground near the roots once a month adds more nutrition to the roses so they are more vibrant and healthy.

VinceSummers wrote on May 2, 2018, 2:03 PM

Our minds seem to work along the same lines. Today has been a writing day for both of us. I've put out 3 today at Persona Paper alone! And a couple on Decoded and Quirky in the last couple of days. It must be the pollen...

lookatdesktop wrote on May 2, 2018, 2:38 PM

In that case, have some tissues handy, just in case.

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MegL wrote on May 2, 2018, 4:29 PM

We don't have to worry about squirrels where we are, thank goodness, though a person in the locality ha badgers digging up his tulip bulbs

lookatdesktop wrote on May 2, 2018, 6:01 PM

Well the local squirrels do that to our tulips. They actually eat the petals. The thing is, I just found out that using bamboo skewers and placing them inside and around potted plants is one deterrent to the squirrels trying to dig up the plant from it's roots.

MegL wrote on May 3, 2018, 4:25 AM

That's a useful tip. We have more of a problem with slugs and snails.