Leaves blown in from the garden are scattered between an antique owl humidor, an inkwell and a carved squirrel lamp in this guest bedroom, adding to the woodlands appeal. Floral wallpaper helps balance the rustic accessories.
The rustic style of this living room gets a dose of contemporary whimsy with wallpaper depicting a log pile and fabric featuring squirrels perched on tree branches. And is that a gold pendant light hanging in the corner...or a pinecone?
Plant fall-blooming crocus in late summer and you'll enjoy these sweet flowers just four to six weeks later. Thwart squirrels from invading your crocus planting by anchoring chicken wire firmly over the bed.
Artful details abound in Holley Jaakkola's historic Savannah home including a concrete squirrel that most would place in the garden but Jaakkola perches on her marble kitchen sink. Inspired, unexpected details like this give the home its strong sense of style and personality.
Add woodsy touches to your fall decor with rustic accents. Here, a carved wooden squirrel complements an arrangement ofÂ dusty millerÂ placed inside of a burlap wrapped vessel. Aged woods, burlap and chalkboard are adaptable materials that add rustic charm with a sophisticated touch.
Amie and Jolie helped Miranda Lambert add a funky, feminine flare to the bedroom in Bev Lambert's Airstream trailer. They painted the walls white, hung wooden letters to spell “MAMA,” and decorated a shelf with candles, white roses and a squirrel planter.
When she first visited the site of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, landscape designer Katharine Webster noted blank, rectangular spaces in the entry leading to the home's front door. With voices of her Harvard professors in her head saying, "don't make corners for squirrels to die in," Webster filled the blank spaces with artwork and drought-tolerant shrubs.
Critters, including rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and even birds, can destroy young seedlings, making you have to plant seeds multiple times.
Easy Solution: Outsmart critters by covering seedlings with chicken wire anchored to soil using landscape staples. Bird netting may help, but greedy rabbits will hop onto it if they crave the seedling badly enough.
Birds, squirrels, chipmunks and even wild turtles will take bites out of ripe tomatoes. These critters are usually after the moisture a tomato offers more than its delicious taste.
Easy Solution: Protect fruit by swaddling it in a small piece of bird netting. As fruit ripens, remove the netting and use it to protect the next set of ripening tomatoes.
Many critters have a taste for tomatoes, including squirrels and chipmunks. When these animals are the culprits behind tomato damage, you see something like this: a bite (or three) missing from a ripe tomato. Occasionally they nibble green tomatoes, but most often it’s the ripe ones they choose. If birds are eating your tomatoes, you’ll see more of a piercing, pecking-type wound that’s often triangular in shape. The best way to outsmart varmints is to protect ripening ‘maters. Either pick them slightly under-ripe and let them continue to ripen indoors, or cover plants or individual fruits with bird netting.
Keep an eye peeled in lawns and planting beds for sapling trees. Often these trees, like this walnut sapling, sprout thanks to the diligent digging of squirrels. It’s especially easy to miss these beneath mature shrubs or roses, until you spot the leaves poking through the plant. The other place that seedling trees pop up are along fencelines, courtesy of birds who have been gobbling fruit, such as mulberry, cherry or holly. Small trees are easy to hand-pull. Grab a spade if they seem firmly anchored in soil. Keep an eye out for seedlings in spring when weeding or mulching. Remove any you see before they have a chance to develop a tap root.
It’s not unusual to visit your tomato patch and discover fruits with all kinds of problems. Heavy rain can cause tomatoes to crack as roots absorb so much water that it literally makes the tomatoes split their skins. This is a big problem with cherry tomatoes especially, but happens with all types. You might also discover tomatoes that critters have been nibbling. Squirrels, chipmunks, deer, even turtles will chomp at ripening tomatoes, seeking moisture. Slugs, earwigs and stink bugs also attack tomatoes and break the skin. Anytime you have a tomato that’s damaged, the best tactic is to remove it from the garden. Bury it in your compost pile, toss it into a far part of your yard, carry it indoors to drop down the disposal—do whatever works for you. But definitely get rid of it. Problem fruits roll out the welcome mat to other pests (fruit flies, wildlife) and diseases. If possible, bury the problem tomatoes to try and contain any pest outbreaks.