Gardening is very close to the heart of many, and these people toil for days cultivating the soil, planting with care, and maintaining the garden so plants can bloom as much as they should. They do everything to protect their garden, yet it doesn’t come easy, especially when you have animals around threatening to destroy something you worked hard for. You can choose to guard your garden night and day to make sure animals are at bay, or you can choose to be smart and look for ways to keep them away from the garden even when you are not around.
Here are some of the proven effective ways to keep off animals from your garden:
Build A Fence or Any Barrier
One of the most common ways gardeners do to keep off animals from their gardens is by building a fence around it. This is very effective in preventing large animals from destroying your plants, depending on the type of fencing, smaller animals may be prevented from entering, too. Some people use chicken wires and screens to keep smaller animals from entering. Make sure that your fence is durable enough not to be destroyed by large animals’ aggressive attacks.
Use Scent Repellents and Oils
Scent repellents like garlic clips, castor oil, and predator urine are effective solutions for keeping some animals away from the garden. There are also some repellent products for specific animals. The best way to get rid of chipmunks, for example, is by using chipmunk repellent that is easily available in the market. You can also buy lavender oil, lemongrass oil, citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, or mustard oil, which are great for keeping herbivore animals away.
Use Noise to Keep Them Away
Some people use noise to scare animals away. Use a string to tie together aluminum cans and pie plates that will make noise once the string is pushed or pulled. The noise must be loud enough to startle and scare the animal, but not too loud that it will create a noise that could disturb the household.
Water and Hot Sauce
For deer and raccoons, but a mixture of water and hot sauce in a spray bottle and spray it on your plants. Make sure that it is spicy enough to discourage the animal from eating more of the plants. This needs to be reapplied after rain.
Mothballs for Moles
Moles don’t eat your plants, but their tunnels can destroy your plants’ ability to absorb enough nutrients from the soil. Mothballs are very effective in keeping these moles away. Put them in the moles’ holes as a deterrent or fill in the tunnels.
While it is important to keep animals away from your garden, but you must also be careful in hurting these animals, especially your pets. Make sure also to check your garden protections regularly to see if they are still working properly.