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%$# ^&*$ ^%$@#!g squirrels!!

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    Default %$# ^&*$ ^%$@#!g squirrels!!

    Spring is late here. Just got done with 10 days of freezing temps. Now things are getting back to normal. Went out in the garden around 6 am today to look at a nice clump of tulips just opening. Went back a few hours later to this. Every single one had it's head chewed off - this clump and another about 6 feet away. The species tulips about 15 feet away were not touched.

    I just finished going around the garden picking every single tulip bud and flower. What's the point of leaving them outside?
    This same thing happens every single year.



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    Mine (when I had them) were always squirrel snacks, so I just gave up on them. That's why I was so interested in your species tulips - there's hope!

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    Weirdly enough, I've never had sleazy squirrels bother my tulips. (Still hate them, though, for many other reasons.)

    Rabbits, on the other hand, certainly like to browse on the young, newly emerged foliage. They *seem* to leave the plants alone once they've "matured" a bit. Don't know if it's because the foliage becomes less palatable with maturity or because there's simply a lot more choice later on for the pests. I guess the possibilities aren't mutually exclusive.

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    Oh! I hadn't seen the photo, Kev! The tulip shards are so sad...

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    Well, today they finished off the tulips in the back yard. There's something else I noticed. The squirrels really only seem to chomp the hybrid stuff. They really do leave all the native plants and most species stuff alone. I guess, I've noticed that before, but it never really clicked until this now.

    I wonder if some of these things have a built-in bad taste or something as a natural defense and these little &*^&$%s know to leave them alone. Maybe the hybrid stuff is kind of like a mango to them - very exotic and tasty.

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    Unless the squirrels are here visiting from the Far East, I can't imagine how your ever-present hybrids could possibly be more exotic to them than the Chinese species...

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    Don't they have squirrels in the Far East? I really have no idea, but it is strange that they leave all the species stuff alone. None of my woodland plants are eaten and many of those new shoots look mighty tender.

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    Something beheaded a couple of mine I blamed a resident rabbit , I don't have any specie tulips . I wonder how the hot pepper would work or diluted hot sauce I used it on the trunk of a big oak a colt decided tasted good . Gin

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    I don't think much works on tulips. Nothing sticks to the leaves, it just rolls off. About two hours before these were chewed, I sprayed them with RoPel (sp?). I didn't work.

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    Watch your mail box for a Very Large Box . It contains a squirrel hater deluxe .
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