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Re: CULT:Squirrels #^*&#$

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT:Squirrels #^*&#$
  • From: Anita Moran avmoran1@earthlink.net
  • Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2006 07:20:01 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

Always the optomist Griff

-----Original Message-----
From: jgcrump
Sent: Mar 1, 2006 6:45 PM
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT:Squirrels #^*&#$

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.  --  Griff
P.S.  I have other, less practical solutions, if you're interested.
zone 7 in Virginia
----- Original Message ----- From: Michael D. Greenfield
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 4:22 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] CULT:Squirrels #^*&#$

Just found this they destroyed about 5 increases. Can not cover everything with chicken wire.
Mike Greenfield

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