I'm working on a planting design for a client and they say they've not had any success in their garden with crocus bulbs due to squirrels/rabbits. Not sure rabbits cause a problem with bulbs?
Have you found crocus bulbs are best avoided when there's an issue of these creatures? Are there any other bulbs that are susceptible too?
Thanks in anticipation.
The best way forward is to remove the Squirrel's as they will eat most anything if the winter is hard enough (pest control)!!!!!
If your client is willing to pay money for garden design why would they let their precious plants/bulbs get dug up by vermin? If they have a Squirrel/Rabbit problem now they will have double in a year or two's time.
I've had this problem with crocus too - mice ate all my own, and squirrels ate all those I planted in a customer's garden. I don't plant them if I know there are a lot of rodents about, they just seem irresistable to them.
Burying chicken wire above the deeply-planted bulbs works to some extent. Of course the best advice is to either plant things that resist the pests you have, or to remove the pest, but I've never found a permanent cure for squirrels, rabbits or deer.
Advise they get a Jack Russell. :-)
Thanks for your comments re. crocus. I have noticed in the garden that daffodils and alliums haven't been targetted.... But are other bulbs susceptible to squirrels too - should others be avoided or is it just crocus that are a problem?