Gardening With Larry

Tips for securing your garden from unwanted visitors


The first tip to figure out what the culprit is. This is the best way that you are going to be able to choose the right method for making sure that there are no unwanted visitors in your garden. Most of the time, it is going to be a deer, groundhog, or rabbit. Therefore, you will need to look for signs or use some security equipment like a security camera to see what is entering your garden. A good security camera is going to have a lot of features that you are going to want to use so using the cctv camera is going to be very beneficial. The deer are going to leave tracks in the soil, rabbits will leave droppings of pellets, and groundhogs will make huge mounds of the garden dirt. It could also be a bird if you find holes in the fruit.


The second tip is to put a fence up around the garden. This is one of the most effective ways that you are going to be able to keep out any visitors that you might not want inside of your garden. This is because the animals are not going to be able to get to the food source that they are trying to get to. The fence only has to be a few feet tall to keep those animals out of the garden. But there is a chance that the groundhogs and the bunnies might be able to burrow underneath the fence so you might want to use chicken wire.


The third tip is to try to use plants that are not going to taste as good to the animals. But you will need to be aware that some animals are going to eat anything if they are hungry enough. Some of the plants that are going to be less appealing to the animals are the plants that have prickles, are highly aromatic, and fuzzy. Deer do not like holly or barberry but they love hostas, azaleas, and arborvitae. You can look around your neighborhood to see what plants have lasted and talk to your nursery to see what they would recommend as plants that are going to be less tempting to the wild animals.


The fourth tip is to make sure that the newer plants are going to be protected. This is because they are going to be a lot more tender when they are first starting to grow. Plus they are going to have a lot of nutrients that the animals might be looking for in their diet. They can sense of all of these nutrients inside of the plant so they are going to be attracted to them. The new plants are not going to be able to stand up to all of the damae that the animals can do to them so the fence will help once they are in the ground.


The fifth tip is to put the plants in your garden inside of some pots or raised beds. This means that the animals will not have the opportunity to nibble on the plants since they are going to be elevated. The bed will only need to be raised off the ground about two feet to that the rabbit are not able to damage the plants. In other words, you are going to be adding a short fence on the top of the plants. Hungry bunnies will not be able to reach planting greens in a window or pots that are mounted.

Too Tidy

The sixth tip is to make sure that your garden is not too tidy. This means the grasses and shrubs around the edge of the yard need to be a little wild especially if you live in the more rural areas. This is because your yard is going to be a lot less attractive to all of the different animals. Plus if most of the plants are going to be in the middle of your yard, the animals are not going to want to enter into your yard. This is because they run the risk of exposing themselves to their predators.


The seventh tip is to make sure that you compost pile is contained. This is because pile of compost is going to attract a variety of different animals and then they are going to find all of the plants that you have in your yard. Basically, it just means that you need to put the compost inside of a bin that has a lid on it. It is also a good idea to bring the pets food bowls indoors if you feed them outside. If not, you might find some raccoons, skunks, or opossums on your porch trying to eat the food inside of the dog bowls.


The eighth tip is to scare all of the animals away from your garden. Some of the things that you can do to scare them away to put up some bird tape, an old-fashioned scarecrow, or metallic streamers. But you need to move the scarecrow around on a daily basis. This is because if you leave it in one place, the animals are going to get used to it so it is not going to be as effective. Lights and sprinklers that are motion activated are also a good idea for scaring off all of the mammals from your garden.


Another tip that you can use in your garden is to try out some repellents with different odors. A bad smell is a great way to keep the animals away from your garden. You can also spray some repellent that taste bad on the plants that are going to be a lot more sensitive. This is going to help to repel the animal because they are going to get sick when they eat any of the plant. The repellents are not going to hurt the animals instead they are just going to treat them to stay away from the plants.


The last tip is to do a little bit of a reality check when it comes to your garden. You need to remember that your garden is going to have some good and bad years. This is going to depend on the weather and the number of animals that have been inside of your garden. In order to keep the right perspective, you will need to remember that you are going a lot of benefits for the local wildlife by just having a garden so you might miss a few heirloom tomatoes that the wildlife got to enjoy.







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