Squirrels Have Eaten Heads Off Sunflowers

Question From: T. Pearson - Crofton, Maryland, United States
Q: squirrels have eaten the heads off of my sunfloweres, they are dwarf variety. Will the sunflowers rejuvenate? How do I keep the squirrels away, I used cheynne pepper but it still came back.

A: If all the buds are gone in most cases the show is over. Squirrels are difficult to defend against. PlantSkydd - a blood bases repellant works. Spray it on the stalk and undersides of the leaves. Hot Pepper Wax by Bonide also works. All must be reapplied when after very heavy rains and new growth appears. Read the directions for specifics.Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy