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Damage Caused By Squirrels

Squirrels have an uncanny way of finding planted Pecan and Walnut seeds. One way to protect the seed is to plant them in a tin can as shown and outlined below:

  1. Remove the bottom completely from a no. 2 can.
  2. Cut an "X" in the other end of the can.
  3. Pour 1 inch of topsoil in can.
  4. Place 2 nuts in can.
  5. Fill can with topsoil and firm lightly.
  6. Dig hole deep enough for upright can.
  7. Place can in hole with "X" end up and backfill around the can.
  8. Carefully bend tips of "X" to make a 1-inch opening. The pointed tips will discourage animals from digging the nuts.