Although squirrels are natural diggers, you can discourage digging and help protect seedlings by covering the soil around your plants with a layer of mulch.
Cover your plants.
Consider using a physical barrier, such as plastic netting, fencing, or chicken wire, to help keep your plants from harm.
What is the best way to repel squirrels?
Peppermint Essential Oil is a Natural Squirrel Repellent
In the same way that a live peppermint plant will deter them, peppermint essential oils also can be used. Soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and place them here and there on jar lids around plants in your garden that the squirrels like.
Do coffee grounds keep squirrels away?
While you might find the scent of coffee delicious, squirrels don’t. Just sprinkle some fresh grounds on the soil surrounding the plants to keep squirrels away. Every two weeks, add a new layer of grounds.
How do I keep squirrels and rabbits out of my garden?
Rabbit and Squirrel Repellent Plants
Castor oil, garlic, can be used as natural repellents. Hot peppers and products made with hot peppers can repel rabbits and other nibbling animals. You may also try these as a deterrent: fritillaria (a type of flower bulb), castor beans, ammonium soap and mothballs.
What smells deter squirrels?
White pepper and cayenne smells frequently discourage squirrels, for example. If you sprinkle your plants with flakes of cayenne pepper, it might keep unwelcome pests out of your garden. Squirrels also dislike garlic and black pepper smells. Raccoons share this aversion to the smell of pepper.