Does Miracle-Gro Potting Mix attract Squirrels?
Rather than use the dirt from the garden for transplants, I decided to buy a bag of MG Potting Mix. I wanted to start about 20 sedum plants of the purple leaf/stem types. I know you guys just cut them and stick them in the soil, but I have always added another step. I cut them, treat them with Hormex and stick them in plastic starter pots until I see roots. Overnight the first day, the squirrels attacked one of the four varieties I planted (Purple Emperor) ... dug up the soil of every one and left the shoots on the table next to the pot. Thinking it was a random event, I simply put them back in the soil, and the next night the same thing. So, I cut up some gutter screens and made a little fence around the plants ... no problem, no squirrel attacks. Three weeks later, the plants started showing roots at the outside of the pots. I put them in the garden where I had planned and ... you guessed it, overnight the squirrels attacked the same plants. They dug holes right at the base of the plant and left the plants, barerooted, on the ground next to the hole. Is there something in the potting soil that may have them believe there's a food source there? Or are they just vicious, vindictive tree rats?!