Your lovely garden doesn’t just attract the attention of your impressed neighbors. Woodchucks, squirrels, rabbits and other wild animals are also interested in spending time there.
Unfortunately, wildlife can be quite destructive to your garden. Here are four ways to keep them from messing up your hard work.
1. Use a fence.
Building a sturdy fence, complete with aluminum driveway gates readily available for sale, is the perfect long-term solution to wildlife headaches. But, there are also strictly seasonal solutions if that’s what you’d like. You could opt for mesh fencing to keep out raccoons and squirrels.
2. Use repellents.
There’s a variety of repellents that can make your garden instantly unattractive to animals that manage to make it to your garden. These include scent repellents such as mothballs, castor oil, and garlic clips.
You’ll need to monitor and reapply them to keep them effective. Be careful when using mothballs, though, as they’re poisonous, especially for children and pets.
3. Have pets.
Your dog might be a bit troublesome in the garden, but you can trust them to keep rabbits and other wildlife under control. Your cat will take care of voles and goffers. If you don’t already own pets, putting up a garden is your perfect excuse to do so.
4. Use live traps.
With a galvanized steel mesh and the right bait, you can catch rabbits, chipmunks, and woodchucks quite easily. The only problem, of course, is figuring out what to do with them once you catch them. Find out what your officials direct about animal relocation and what’s permitted in your state.
Wildlife can be a nuisance in your garden if you don’t do something about it. Fortunately, there are many simple ways you can take care of the problem without being cruel.