Repellants that contain the urine of that particular animal’s predator, gopher traps placed in their major tunnels or constructed raised beds that are completely lined with wire are all remedies for animals that are damaging your plants. For rabbits, install cages over low growing beds. For birds, to protect fruit trees enclose each tree with broad mesh netting 2 or 3 weeks before the fruit matures. To protect beds of just planted seeds and tender seedlings, spread chicken wire or floating row covers over them for 4 – 6 weeks or until the stems become sturdy and leaves and stems are less succulent. For squirrels, if they are burying nuts in your container plants try using small red lava rock as a mulch. Its coarse surface acts as a deterrent.