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Stop squirrel on fence - By thorny roses?

I just came to realisation today that any chance of my newly planted flowers ever bloom depends on my capability to keep the squirrels off the low fence! 

I had a brief look at those products to stick on top of the fence. But first our fence is too thin to have those spikes installed. Secondly, even if those spikes really work, I'm not sure my neighbour would agree - it's a shared fence. So I'm thinking if I could plant some climbing roses and let the thorns deter the squirrels from running over the fence. Would it work? Even the thorn could deter the squirrels, maybe the rose plant would not grow so fast to make enough coverage on the fence in a season?

(I had a lily moved into ground when it reached over a meter height. It grew well and finally started having quite a few buds, until we went away for two weeks in August. By the time when we came back home, all buds were gone. Nothing left, nothing! I then realised I planted the poor plant too close to the fence - just within the perfect range for the squirrels to nibble off the buds!

Lately, all my sunflowers were chewed off, even the tallest one - over 2 meters!)


  • TopbirdTopbird Mid SuffolkPosts: 7,230
    The squirrels around my garden skip along the hawthorn hedge and the brambles like it was the softest, whitest sand. The hawthorn in particular has very many, very long and extremely sharp thorns - doesn't seem to bother them in the slightest. Sorry.

    I've given up growing bulbs - they always find them - especially crocus bulbs.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • cmarkrcmarkr Posts: 123
    edited September 2021
    You may only see the squirrels in the fence but they'll be accessing you're whole garden regardless of whether they can walk along the top of the fence, nothing will still them, just ask Carling Black Label
  • We have just noticed a squirrel running along our fence and cheeky devil is even in the grass 
    we have 2 dogs so I am hoping they will deter him/her 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,194
    It won't make any difference, as @Topbird says. 
    It's the reason they're so ubiquitous and causing so many problems. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,426
    air rifle?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,194
    I doubt that squirrels had anything to do with your lilies @rolanda.woo. Slugs are the main culprit there, and there are a few others that might have a go at them. Not to  mention the lily beetles...
    Unfortunately, there are lots of pest and predators which have an effect on your plants. All part of the gardening challenge  ;)

    I have a certain amount of sympathy for squirrels. After all, they didn't get on ships and planes and come here by themselves. Humans, as ever, were the problem.
    My sympathy wanes somewhat when they dig up my crocus though...
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,426
    UK Squirrel Accord
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,194
    75% of the reds are up here. They're now being compromised in many of their strongholds - Perthshire is one that's been in our news recently. I know I mentioned it on the forum a couple of days ago, and I also mentioned the item on Landward [which can be seen nationwide on Sunday morning] They want people to monitor and record sightings and submit them, because the steps already being trialled [ encouraging more pine martens] just haven't worked. The greys are always two steps ahead  :/
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • I've never seen a red one. I like squirrels, only when they are not being my worst enemy!

    Just woke up this morning to see my young Lewisia plant's two precious leaves got pulled off and left next to the plant lifelessly! Around that corner, all exposed compost got turned up side down, literally... I haven't even dared to plant the bulbs yet!
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