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Are Squirrels bad for my Lawn?

A squirrel enjoying some food whilst standing in the garden

Many gardeners despair at the sight of a cheeky squirrel scuttling around their precious gardens, scratching at the lawn and making little holes in the turf.

They are, of course, either digging up the acorns and nuts which they’ve stashed there in the past or the gardeners’ prized bulbs. If it’s the latter, that’s adding insult to injury but by and large the holes these little rascals leave behind are rarely substantial and opinion varies as to the best way to deal with this ‘problem’.

What problems can squirrels cause?

Squirrels aren’t your typical culprit when it comes to lawn damage. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t known to do some damage.

Their Diet

Squirrels are known for chewing a bit of everything so don’t be too surprised when they have taken a quick nibble on your flowers and other vegetation but you may notice they’re also capable of chewing on wooden decks and furniture.

Lawn Digging

Digging up the acorns and nuts which they’ve stashed there in the past or the gardeners’ prized bulbs. If it’s the latter, that’s adding insult to injury but by and large the holes these little rascals leave behind are rarely substantial and opinion varies as to the best way to deal with this ‘problem

The Solution

Some infuriated gardeners will try everything, from embedding wire mesh around the bulbs to setting humane traps and relocating the culprits as far away as they can. Meanwhile, others will be more sanguine about the whole thing and enjoy the spectacle of a squirrel prancing about between the holes he or she has made. This latter group have also suggested that the small holes left behind might even be helping with aeration! In any case, we would not recommend the third suggested solution; the use of lethal force. Whether this is by air rifle or lethal trap, it will only be a temporary fix as (like all rodents) squirrels breed profusely. As soon as one individual is taken out of the picture, another will be ready to take his or her place in the eternal circle of life. Much to the frustration of the poor gardener!

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