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

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

from Blooming Lucky said that adding kitchen ingredients to your soil can save your plants - and one spice in particular is a great squirrel repellant.

One gardening expert revealed the kitchen spice that will help keep your lawn safe
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One gardening expert revealed the kitchen spice that will help keep your lawn safeCredit: Getty

Grey 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.”

Sharing her with Express.co.uk, she suggested using cheap chili flakes to keep squirrels away.

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

She also suggested another spice as a squirrel deterrant.

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"Deter them from digging with a garlic spray. All you need is water, vinegar, and chopped garlic," she said.

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

“Mix these in a spray bottle, and leave it to infuse for a few hours," she said.

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

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“For instance, when planting crocus and tulip bulbs in flower beds, add a little sharp gravel to the soil around them," she said.

"Crushed shells may work too.”

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

“Sprinkling coffee grounds around your plants will keep slugs and snails at bay," she said.

As an added benefit, she said, the grounds are a great nutrient for the soil as well.

Cover bulbs with chili flakes before packing them over with soil
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Cover bulbs with chili flakes before packing them over with soilCredit: Getty

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