Mike -- The only practical
solution that I know of is to keep growing more irises. Since squirrels
are territorial, their numbers will reach a limit. At that point, you will
begin to get ahead of them. To put it another way, each squirrel's
random rampaging can only damage a certain number of your irises. As the
number of irises you grow increases and the number of squirrels remains
constant, the percentage of your irises damaged by squirrels will
decrease. For example, if you grow 200 irises and the squirrels
destroy 5, they have ruined 2.5% of your total. Assuming that your
squirrel population is already at its maximum and that 5 is the maximum number
of your irises that they have managed to destroy, the solution is to double or
even triple the size of your garden. Then, this time next year, when you
find 5 plants destroyed, it will represent less than one per cent of your
total. By the time you're growing 2,000 irises, the loss of 5 will be
almost insignificant. You will feel much better -- unless the
only seedling that germinated from a particularly valued cross was one of the
5. But, as you say, you can't cover everything with chicken wire.
P.S. I have other, less practical
solutions, if you're interested.
zone 7 in Virginia
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 4:22
Subject: [iris-photos] CULT:Squirrels
Just found this they destroyed
about 5 increases. Can not cover everything with chicken wire.
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