Anything I can do to keep squirrels off fruit trees?
January 10, 2013 2:14 PM Subscribe
Has anyone successfully deterred squirrels from eating the fruit off the trees in their yard? I see a lot of "squirrel repellent" sprays on the market (but I also see a lot of "eat-what-you-want-still-lose-weight" products out there too; I'm not going to take their word for it.) Also what about ultrasonic repellents, do those work?
posted by fingersandtoes to home & garden (20 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
For the first time I have a yard in which I can plant fruit trees. I've always wanted fruit trees. So I told my neighbor that I was going to plant cherries and plums, and he chuckled sadly and said "you're just feeding squirrels if you do that." He said he'd had a plum tree and eventually removed it because the squirrels were so voracious; he never got a harvest.
I can't tell you how peeved I am about this. I want persimmons, I want plums, I want cherries. I don't want to feed squirrels. And I'm sure the neighbor is telling the truth -- there are a LOT of squirrels in our neighborhood. And I'm sure I'd attract even more of them if I planted stone fruit.
I know citrus isn's as vulnerable; but it is also not as delicious. If I have to I will limit myself to oranges and lemons but it will be a bitter pill. So, brave gardeners of MeFi: how can I successfully grow fruit in a squirrelly neighborhood?