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Something is digging up my bulbs (tulips, daffs, etc.) and eating them. I know I have a squirrel in my yard, but do they eat bulbs? What else would dig things up and eat them?

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Yes, squirrels will dig and eat bulbs. So will pocket gophers. You will know which is stealing them by whether or not there are dirt mounds in the area (if so, it's pocket gophers).

Here are some links to information about

pocket gophers - http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/NR_WD_005.pdf

You can protect bulbs from digging squirrels by covering the area with hardware cloth - a wire mesh with 1/2 to 1 inch holes.

To protect bulbs from pocket gophers, you must bury hardware cloth around the bulb area perimeter.

Posted on 17 May 2007

Maggie Wolf
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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