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Q.Why are gray squirrels eating Rose of Sharon bush?

Zone East Dorset, VT 05253 | Anonymous added on August 14, 2019 | Answered

We have a Rose of Sharon Bush that normally produces abundant blossoms in late summer. This year and last I’ve noticed gray squirrels chewing on the leaves as well as the buds and blossoms. Do you know why the squirrels would be doing this and how to stop them? I’ve tried using spray-on animal repellent, to plants, but it doesn’t stop the squirrels.

Thank you for your help.

Alice Gilborn

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Answered on August 16, 2019

Squirrels often will nibble buds on plants to get at seeds or soft centers. Have you tried the pepper spray? There is a commercially prepared one. Spray it on all the leaves, buds and flowers. Here are more suggestions:

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