How to deter cats from garden beds

Again, the cat will not like walking on this material, and he won’t be able to dig to cover up the spot he used to defecate. The cat will find somewhere else to go. Spray a homemade cat repellent around the perimeter of your flower bed. This will deter cats from ever stepping foot in the flower bed.

Pour distilled water into a spray bottle. Drip in eucalyptus oil, orange oil and lemon oil. Shake and you have your homemade repellent. Set up a motion sensor sprinkler in your flower bed. Anytime a cat comes near the flower bed, the motion detector will set the sprinkler off. Cats don’t like to get wet and will run in the other direction.

Lay aluminum foil in a flower bed to deter cats from defecating. They don’t like walking on aluminum foil, and they won’t be able to dig after they go. Do not use mothballs in your flower bed. Mothballs emit a vapor that is toxic to humans and pets, even though it will keep your cat out of the flower bed. Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has received awards for being a top content producer. What Do I Use on the Yard to Keep Cats From Going to the Bathroom?

Copyright 2018 Leaf Group Ltd. Don’t despair if the neighbour’s cats are having a field day of destruction in your garden — there are plenty of ways to keep them at bay. I don’t want to be a killjoy about people’s pets, but when I see a neighbour’s feline stray into my garden, I just want to get my claws out. They’ve also been known to raid birds’ nests. I don’t particularly want to dig my catmint up, but it might be prudent to replant it in a different place so that local cats will disregard other areas of my garden. To date, the best deterrent I’ve found was a high-powered water pistol bought from a car boot sale for 50p which I left at the patio door and fired maniacally every time a cat dared to cross my garden path. Alternatively, try to stop them getting in.

Block your boundary gaps with prickly plants or prunings such as holly. Fit wire or string 10-15cm above the top of fences to make it difficult for cats to balance on them. Another solution is an old gamekeeper’s trick. Place half-full plastic bottles in borders, as the light reflection off the bottle is supposed to deter animals. Again, mailshot and other unwanted CDs can provide a shining light deterrent when threaded on twine with knots in between to keep them apart. String these across flower beds or hang from trees and the light reflection should deter cats, but maybe not forever.

Don’t leave exposed soil in borders. Instead, mulch with stone chipping or pebbles, or keep the soil well mulched with a moisture-retaining material such as manure, as wet ground is not particularly attractive to them. Also, invest in a good selection of ground cover plants to deter cats from venturing into your border. Some gardeners swear by putting a couple of drops of decongestant Olbas oil on to used teabags and then scattering them around the area that the cats have chosen to use as a litter tray. If they’re scratching your tree trunks, wrap tree guards or fine chicken wire around the base of them. Cover ponds with netting to stop cats diminishing your fish supplies and position bird feeds in a clear area of the garden where they will be inaccessible to cats.

There are a number of cat repellents on the market, including sprays and powders, chemical granules and ultrasonic devices whose sensors detect movement and heat and trigger a burst of variable ultrasound said to deter dogs, foxes and cats. But they may not give long-term protection. If cats in your garden are scratching up seedbeds, try putting a galvanised chicken-wire cage over the area and keep it in position until the plants are of a reasonable size. Whatever method you choose, clear away any evidence of fouling first, as this acts as a magnet for more cats and more fouling. What types of DIY projects do you do? Sorry, there is a problem with this poll. Which DIY do you do most? What DIY do you do most? We look back at some of the most iconic celebrity wedding dresses of all time. Looking for a better mortgage deal? Looking for a better home insurance deal? Could you save on gas and electricity? Are we killing birds with kindness?

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