Wildlife-Proof Your Garden

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What’s worse than slaving over and carefully tending to a garden you’ve meticulously curated and then having it eaten up or smothered by a garden pest?

Deer

If you aren’t sure what pest is tampering with your garden, torn twigs and stems are an indication of deer. There are a number of methods for deterring deer from returning to your garden. Scare tactics like spotlights or noise makers can startle deer and keep them from returning to your property.

If you can afford it, fences are probably one of the more reliable and effective methods of keeping deer out of gardens. The best kind of fence would be a wire fence that is at least 6 feet tall and angled away from the garden or yard it is protecting, making it difficult for a deer to jump over.

Rabbits

Clean cuts on leaves and stems are an indication of rabbits munching on your foliage. A simple method of scaring away Rabbits are placing plastic snakes or owls around your garden.

Also, chicken wire with mesh less than an inch installed around your garden can keep rabbits out. However, make sure the wire is installed at least three inches into the ground and rises at least two feet above ground.

Because of their excellent sense of smell and taste, rabbits are less likely to come to your garden if they smell or taste something unpleasant, like cayenne pepper, limestone, or animal urine.

Groundhogs

While fences and wire barriers that rise at least 3 feet are effective at keeping groundhogs out of gardens, they do also dig tunnels, so any fencing or barrier needs to be buried a ways into the ground to ensure you are covering all of your bases.

Raccoons

Raccoons can be a huge nuisance to your property and they aren’t easy to get rid of by any means. ¬†However, one relatively effective method is an electric fence. By turing the electricity on in the evening and off in the morning, raccoons are less likely to damage your garden.