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How to Keep Your Garden Free from Wildlife Intrusions

Posted on Feb 19, 2016

Having a garden is both a rewarding and demanding activity. Just like in any other area of life, to enjoy the fruits of your work you need to dedicate time and attention to various details that have an impact on both the current state and the prosperity of your garden. One of the main issues that need to be addressed certainly is wildlife intrusion, in all its variety. Let us present a couple of advice that will be of help in keeping your garden protected.

Build a fence

Building a fence is the most effective way of keeping larger animals at bay. Some may argue that it is very limiting when it comes to the appearance of the garden but those who had the misfortune of having to repair the damage made by deer, for example, will surely disagree since fences are the only humane and effective means of keeping them away. Make sure it is at least 8 feet tall because deer are great jumpers and make it thick if your area is rich with semi large animals, such as foxes or rabbits.

Filter the birds

Deterring ground animals seems an easy task compared to keeping the birds away from your garden. To begin with, be realistic in your expectations, unless you build a roof over your garden it is impossible to keep all birds away at all times. Also, it would be counterproductive to have a garden completely void of bird since they are very useful in getting rid of harmful insects and snails. Luckily, there are several effective ways of preventing birds to become a nuisance while still enjoying their services and company.

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Natural approach

If your first line of defense has been breached, there are still ways of winning the battle by using natural weapons. For example, planting garlic is very effective in keeping the squirrels away from your flowers and other plants. Next, spraying the garden with the mixture of water and pepper proved to be very efficient in keeping smaller animals away, such as rabbits and rodents. Finally, salt is highly effective against ants and other insects.

Know what you are up against

You have to know who you are fighting against in order to know what to use against them. Daytime pests are easy to identify, while nocturnal ones are a tougher nut to crack. Luckily, technology is on your side and a quality wildlife camera will not only enable you to meet your nighttime opponents but save you from spending the nights awake trying to figure out what has been munching your garden all the time.

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Natural approach 2

Having a cat or a dog, or both for that matter, often proves to be of great aid in keeping wildlife out of your garden. Dogs are primarily active during daytime, while cats are normally nocturnal predators. What this means is that not only will you and your family have fun with them, your garden will be protected 24/7. It goes without saying that you will have to train them not to dig through your garden first; otherwise they will be of more damage than use.

As you can see, keeping wildlife out of your garden is a multilayered activity and potentially overwhelming one, as well. However, different animals demand different approach and only by addressing all of them with equal attention you will be able to have as fully protected garden as possible.

About Lillian Connors

If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She’s also deeply into green practices, cherishing the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book and sip on an occasional appletini.

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