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It's a Zoo Out There!!

Do you have pesky visitors in your garden? Relax. Human and beast can coexist peacefully, even if you have a delicious beautiful garden. We promise! These helpful tips can help you keep damage down to a minimum.

How to deter animals from your garden:

Plan Ahead

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Get in the garden before the critters do. Placing animal deterrents early in the season helps keep them out before they make your garden a home. Once they move in, it’s a lot harder to get them out.

Scare Them Off

Make noise makers, like disposable pie plates and whirligigs, to scare off unwanted visitors. Motion detectors that set alarms or lights work well with night foragers. Motion activated sprinklers give intruders a cold, unwanted shower, which will change their behavioral pattern if they have become a habitual visitor. Fool birds and rodents with rubber snakes, plastic owls and other faux predators.

Fence It In

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Customer Photo by Vonne S.

To keep out animals, consider fencing in your gardens. Short fences keep out gophers and most rodents. Burrowing critters like voles and woodchucks are tougher to keep out, so dig a trench to extend fencing underground. Tall fencing (at least 5 feet) is the most effective deer proofing deterrent, but it can be pricey and unattractive. If cost or appeal is a concern,try fencing a smaller area, as deer don't like tight spaces and will move to other feeding areas.

Smell of Success

A lot of critters are turned off by strong scented materials. Cayenne pepper and blood meal keep out rabbits, gophers, chipmunks and woodchucks. The best way to apply scents is to soak pieces of cloth and place on the edge of your garden. It’s best to apply before a rainstorm and re-apply after wet weather.

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Customer photo by Esther W.

Have a Heart

When nothing works to deter rabbits, gophers and woodchucks, use a trap to capture them; it’s a great way to remove an animal without hurting them. The tricky part is if you've captured something less than friendly and where to release it!  We suggest checking with your local town game warden on protocol.

Deer Resistant Plants

Plant deer resistant plants. Plants like echinacea, lavender and ferns are great examples of plants that don't attract deer.  Keeping a food supply low that an animal may not like, will help keep out unwanted visitors.

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Customer photo by Chris N.

Experiment

The tricky part about animals is that there is no perfect fix. Everything will vary depending on where you live, seasonal conditions and the food supply. Be willing to experiment and try new techniques when others don’t work. Make sure to frequently alternate techniques, so animals don’t get use to the scenery and become accustom to everything.

Do you have any tips or tricks to deter animals in your garden? If so, please share with us on Facebook or leave a comment below.

Happy Spring! Enjoy Gardening!

2 thoughts on “It's a Zoo Out There!!”

  • Kathie Dorion
    Kathie Dorion May 25, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I went to a Flower Show this Spring. I was talking to a Vendor about Hostas and how the Deer ate most of mine last year plus an entire new Garden of Perennials ( they did however; leave the weeds). She said to put Deer Licks around the outer perimeter of our yard. Find their favorite route (s) and place the Deer Licks at the beginning. I've found them at my Local Farm Supply Store. I'm going to try it.

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