How to Keep Wildlife out of our Back Gardens

How to Keep Wildlife out of our Back Gardens

The idea of wild deer or rabbits flittering and sprinting through our lawns or back gardens is for some people a sight to behold, but for others its a nightmare, especially if we have a vegetable garden or lot, that we don’t wish to share with them. As most of the wild animals are by their nature, nocturnal and thus only come out at night to feed and forage, it can be rather difficult to see them as they will dissappear around dawn.

The problem with wild animals getting into our gardens and vegetables patch is an ongoing issue, that is causing untold grief and stress for a lot of gardners. We have tried numerous ideas and devices that worked up to a point, but still did not make our backyards and back gardens animal proof. It can cost a lot of money to erect chicken wire fencing and put down all sorts of sprays and animal repellents, yet there is the odd occasion where the animals still get into our gardens.

 

Rabbits in our backyards

 

How to keep wildlife out of our gardens;

 

The first step is to identify our visitors, ie what type of wildlife animal and then armed with that knowledge attempt to address the issue. Some types of strong chicken wire built as a type of cloche or enclosure, over or around our veggies will keep a lot of these critters at bay. That may account for squirrels, stoats or weasels, gophers, moles and rabbits etc etc. The enclosure that I am discussing is a square or rectangle high fence type and one that has a roof covering as well. In some cases we will have to go to these extreme measures to protect our gardens from these predators. We have written previously, how to keep deer from entering our gardens and as we can see from this post, we will have to take serious steps to keep them out.

 

Squirrels in our back gardens

 

Different deterrents for lesser animals;

 

There are gardening people who have invented some great homegrown ideas and will swear by their invention that they work all the time. These would be schemes like placing human hair and dog hair on our vegetable gardens as the smell and scent of the hair would deter skunks, rabbits and suck like creatures. I have read about gardeners growing certain types of herbs and plants, which carry a strong scent and would create a really acrid smell in the garden. These plants would be garlic, peppers, catmint and yarrow, all of which give off a really strong smelling odour and would deter some of the wildlife animals that frequent our gardens. Even to have our own household pets roaming and running about our gardens, sometimes have the desired effect of scaring away some wild animals, as their scent and droppings will act as a deterrent.

What is available online;

 

There are all sorts of sonic devices, motion detection battery operated instruments, water spray squirters and numerous granule or spray repellents. Coyote urine scent spray is a very popular product and has a reasonably good success rate of prevention. The item pictured above is probably one of the best  These will work for some of our unwanted visitors, but not for others, so like we said earlier we need to identify what animals are causing us the most grief. The above device is a solar powered animal and bird repeller, which is motionally sensor operated. In other words as soon as animals or birds come within 10 meters of this device an ultra sonic audio wave is emitted, which deters all types of wildlife. At $40, it is a small price to pay for the protection of our backyards and vegetable gardens.

What can we do ourselves;

Assuming we have done all of the above, we can do some homework ourselves that will help with this task. if we have Raccoons in our gardenspets ourselves, we need to remove all the feeding and watering utensils that our dogs and cats use everyday. We will need to lock these away in an outhouse, shed or garage, so that these critters don’t get their paws on our pets food. They would smell this from miles away, so that is one of the first steps that would greatly help. If we are feeding wildbirds with birdseed or peanuts, these could also be taken down and placed in a secure location. It’s a good idea in some cases that we do not feed the birds during the summertime, as there is enough insects and wild berries, etc, to feed these throughout the summer months.

 

If these measures dont work;

 

If any of the above measures don’t seem to be working, its time for drastic steps to be taken at this point. I am specifically talking about electric fences around the perimeter of our premises. People have been asking me about raccoons in particular as these are some of the most daring and agile of wild animals that take the liberty of entering our backyards or backgardens at will. No amount of high fences will keep these critters at bay, as they would scale these at the blink of an eye. The battery powered electric fence is the one of the most successful methods to keep wild life predators at bay. It costs approx $100 and is relatively easy to install.

Farmers and ranchers use this device to keep farm animals from breaking out of their fields or pens and it’s so versatile in that it can be moved from location to location. Prior to this installation, we would have to erect strands of special electric polywire cord around the area that is most at risk from our wildlife predators. This cord/wire will have to be insulated via plastic poles or stakes, because, if this cord were to touch any metal fencing or gates, this would shorten the electric shock and reduce its effectiveness. All we do then is attach the leads from the fencer to the erected fencing protection wire.  Once again, I trust that this information will be of some help to those who are demented by regular wildlife incursions into their back gardens. feel free to contact us at any time with any related gardening queries and we will duly reply as soon as is humanely possible.


6 thoughts on “How to Keep Wildlife out of our Back Gardens

  1. I was born and raised in a small B.C. town in the Rocky Mountains so wildlife in your yard is just a normal way of life – a bear in your backyard, deer roaming the streets etc. So keeping them from wrecking your garden has always been an issue. This article was really well done and laid out a variety of options so the individual could choose which one they think will work best from them. Good luck keeping the deer and rabbits from nibbling!

    1. Hi there Bill,

      Thanks for stopping by and reading this post, its very much appreciated. I can really identify with you on living in the countryside and having all that wildlife roaming through the gardens.

      For those people that do not have a garden, I suspect that they have no issues with the wild animals, but for the gardeners, it must be a continuous nightmare having to deal with these pesky invaders.

      There are different measures for different critters, so we need to take whatever steps are nnecessary to protect and preserve our backyards and back gardens.

      Thanks again for stopping by, happy gardening.

      Cheers and best wishes,

      PB.

  2. I love this site! I am a gardener and we have so many pests in our yard. Our tomatoes are constantly being eaten by the deer that sometimes we just about give up on growing anything. I have been using deer netting to keep them out of the garden. You actually don’t need a wooden structure and netting is better because if they see a structure, they have a visual to jump over. However, the netting tends to sway and they are spooked by it. I use bamboo poles as a support. It is very easy to put up and take down.

    1. Hi there

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post, its greatly appreciated. I have not come across your deterring method of using netting to keep deer at bay, but if it works, then you have come up with a ready made solution to this ongoing problem.

      As you say its so easy to erect and dismantle, its something to look into going forward.

      Its heartbreaking to go to all the trouble of growing our veggies and then come out in the morning and see that they have been pilfered by outside wildlife.

      However, we have to keep up the good fight and persist with our endeavours and this is one battel that we need to win.

      Thanks again for dropping by.

      Happy gardening,

      Cheers        PB.

  3. Thanks for the guidance Phillip.
    We don’t have deer in our gardens, but we do get rabbits, squirrels and some nocturnal visitors.
    I have been looking at ways to identify these “visitors.”
    It is physically impossible to keep the agile squirrels out and with nuts and fruit available in neighbouring garden, there is a feast to be had.
    I must look at these sonic devices.
    Are there any legal requirements regarding using these instruments?
    I have heard of people using strong smelling plants, mostly to keep slugs and snails of the new shoots, but human hair?
    We touch our plants quite often so I would have thought the human scent was all around the garden.
    Perhaps we need to get a couple of strong smelling dogs.
    I wonder if some are stronger scented than others?
    Thanks for the very helpful article.

    1. Hi there

      Many thanks for dropping by and reading this post, its greatly appreciated. I have read you comments with interest and I can clearly see that there are issues with your next door neighbours and that is unfortunately, a concern for a lot of people.

      The wildlife take many forms and can come from any quarter, so we need to take all the necessary steps to protect our own lot.

      As for the sonic repellers, there is no danger to humans from these devices, so therefore it’s safe to locate these anywhere out in our backyards.

      Having your own pets would also be an advantage, as there scent would act as a deterrent, for sure

      Best wishes and happy gardening

      Cheers        PB

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