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I’m a gardening expert – keep pests from ruining your lawn with a cheap kitchen spice

Jazzing things up in the garden could be the key to keeping unwanted pests away this summer.

Gardening expert Louise Findlay-Wilson of Blooming Lucky said adding kitchen ingredients to your soil can save your plants — and a spice in particular is a great squirrel repellent.

A gardening expert revealed the kitchen spice that will help keep your lawn safe

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A gardening expert revealed the kitchen spice that will help keep your lawn safePhoto credit: Getty

Gray squirrels tend to dig small holes in lawns, and Findlay-Wilson complained that they “have an annoying habit of digging up tulip and crocus bulbs.”

She shared her shopping tips for the spice aisle with Express.co.uk and suggested using cheap chili flakes to keep squirrels away.

Simply cover flower bulbs with the chili flakes before packing the soil over them and the animals will dodge.

She also suggested another spice as a squirrel deterrent.

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“Keep them from digging with a garlic spray. All you need is water, vinegar and chopped garlic,” she said.

She said squirrels are very sensitive to strong smells, especially garlic.

“Mix these in a spray bottle and let them steep for a few hours,” she said.

Findlay-Wilson also said there are other “natural, practical solutions beyond the kitchen cupboard that you can try for pesky squirrels.”

“For example, if you’re planting crocuses and tulip bulbs in flower beds, add a bit of sharp gravel to the soil around them,” she said.

“Crushed clams might work, too.”

To keep snails and snails away, the gardening expert recommended using coffee.

“Scattering coffee grounds around your plants will keep snails and snails at bay,” she said.

As an added benefit, she said, the soils are also a great soil nutrient.

Cover the bulbs with chilli flakes before filling them with soil

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Cover the bulbs with chilli flakes before filling them with soilPhoto credit: Getty

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Jessica MacLeish

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