Insects and other bugs aren’t the only pests to worry about when it comes to your garden; there are also some animals that are just as eager to dig into your home-grown food to eat it, dig it up or remove it. If you live in a t=rural area, then these animal pests can become a nuisance and destroy your veg patch and dig holes all around your garden. Keep reading for ideas on how to keep these animal pests out of your garden!
Fencing and raised beds
One way to deter animals from entering your garden is by adding fencing around your plants. It is a sure way to keep out the animals, although this will make it more difficult for you to access your plants as well.
Another thing to do is to build raised beds and plant your garden in them; this will keep smaller critters such as rabbits and squirrels away because of their fear of becoming more visible to predators. Be sure to place your raised beds firmly together (about a foot apart). This will also make smaller animals more hesitant to enter due to their fear of being seen by predators.
Creating a perimeter
You can plant crops that are less attractive to animals like garlic, onions, chives, marigold, and lavender, and either disperse them throughout your garden or plant them around the edges and create a perimeter. These plants will repel animals and visit your garden less, if not never again.
Another idea is to plant vegetables and other plants that animals enjoy away from your garden so that they will visit this spot instead of your area.
Make your yard and garden less wildlife-friendly. The less wildlife-like your yard and gardens are, the less wildlife will come and visit! Cover areas that animals could crawl into and hide, such as underneath decks and porches. Remove overgrown grass, weeds, and piles of brush away from your garden. You can also add mulch to your garden — this will prevent weeds and help it to become more maintainable. Covering up compost piles and cleaning excess bird seeds will keep away hungry critters as well.
Know about animals in your area
Become acquainted with the animals that are common in your area. This will help you to personalize your methods to keep these specific animals out. If you already have animal pest problems, figure out which animals visit your garden most frequently and then plan your pest control accordingly.
Ideas for keeping individual animals away
Birds Keep birds away from your garden by stationing fake owls and scarecrows around its perimeters! Birds are easily scared and will most likely keep away.
Cats are one of the worst types of animals to enter your garden; this is because they are only there to do their dirty work. They dig deep and can ruin grass, bushes and other small plants in the process.
Squirrels have a keen nose, so if you temporarily eliminate their ability to smell your crops, they will stay away. You can sprinkle chili powder or hot sauce on the ground to accomplish this idea.
Deer Spray your plants with beef bouillon or something similarly strong-scented to throw deer off your garden’s trail.
Mice The best way to keep mice out of your garden is to own a cat. However, if you do not, you may find cat fur or snakeskin and sprinkle it around your garden to scare the mice away.
Rabbits The best way to get rid of rabbit problems is to elevate your garden on a raised bed, as these critters are the most afraid of making themselves more available to predators. (See above for details)