Squirrels Don’t Like Daffodils

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • daffodil: a yellow trumpet-shaped flower that blossoms in early spring
  • bulb: a rounded plant part that is planted under the soil
  • discard: reject or get rid of
  • toxic: poisonous
  • intersperse: to place or spread in between other things
  • bone meal: a type of fertilizer that contains animal waste products, including bones
  • inhumane: cruel; causes suffering

Squirrels Don’t Like Daffodils

Squirrels are often a gardener’s . Squirrels love to dig in freshly planted garden beds, especially if it means digging up tulip bulbs. Though squirrels don’t always eat the bulbs they find, they usually run off with the bulbs and take a few bites before they discard them around a yard or field. Fortunately for gardeners, squirrels don’t eat daffodils. Daffodils are to squirrels, so they tend to of them. Many gardeners intersperse their tulip and daffodil bulbs to keep squirrels away. Another trick is to scatter blood or bone meal around bulbs and flowers. Some people use cayenne or chilli , but this is actually inhumane. Pepper can get in the squirrel’s eyes causing temporary blindness and .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why are squirrels pests to gardeners?
  2. Why does the report mention daffodils?
  3. What substance is recommended for keeping squirrels out of flower beds?

Discussion Questions: Do you enjoy gardening? What tricks do you know for keeping pests away?

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