There are ongoing maintenance issues attached to all of our gardens throughout the year and one other big concern is how to keep pets out of our gardens. There are a multitude of solutions to this issue and sometimes we can go to all the rounds going, but to no avail. Household pets are clever, daring and mischevious, especially when we don’t want them to be. Be it dogs or cats, they have a serious sense of smell and can pinpoint where to lift their leg from a distance. If they have been doing their thing in the same area undisturbed, the likelihood is, they will continue to call to this spot until we take steps to deter them.
I’m sure we are all familiar with cases where householders who have no pets whatsoever, yet their neighbours poodle or tomcat sees fit to drop over and say hello, cock the leg and off with them on their merryway without a care in the world. The gardener or householder in good faith, attempts to keep the peace and has to go to great rounds to take preventative action against these incursions. Having our own household pets do this in our own garden is somewhat acceptable, but having to put up with this from outsiders is not on. It’s not the nicest of jobs to clean up from our own pets, but having to do this from our neighbours is a no no, in fairness.
Dealing with our own pets;
Whether its a dog or a cat we own, the least that we expect from these is that they are house-trained and know when we open the doors in the morning, they go outside to clean themselves. Thats a good starting point and at least dealing with this issue outside is manageable. A newly, freshly tilled garden is a very attractive proposition to these animals and they are immediately challenged to check this out from their curious nature. if they identify a ‘hotspot’ they will use this time and time again and it will become very difficult to prevent them from using this location from then onwards. The reason is their powerful sense of smell will attract them back there, day after day, plus the scent that they leave behind is also like a magnet to them.
If we have raised beds in our backyard, these are a good barrier or obstacle, as both cats and dogs, tend to stay at ground level and will not venture into these if at all possible. They may do it at the base of the beds, which may be acceptable, if we are happy to settle for this. Cats do not like travelling over rough terrain, but will duly go where the earth or soil is freshly dug, so this is an issue until such time as the garden is overgrown with thick foilage and vegetables. We can always fence off our garden with strong chicken wire, but that could prove expensive. There is a cat silhouette sign ( as above ) that is available at hardware stores and garden centres and this is a good deterrent. It basically scares the cat into thinking that there is another tomcat in the area.
Make an outdoor cat litter box;
This is as good as anything around and is very effective for this issue. Basically its a square timber frame, say 3ft x 3ft, placed in the ground and located away from the garden and also from our own house. Fill with sand and spray some scented honeysuckle or catnip and that will attract them to this facility. It may take some persuasion and time to master this alternative, but it will work to great effect. This box has to be cleaned out every now and again, but that is the alternative to having them poop in our vegetable gardens. If needs be, we could have three or four of these units in our backyard which may be the answer.
Spray repellents and granules;
For something different, we now have some spray and granules that we can scatter around the area that we don’t wish our pets to go into like our raised beds, vegetables gardens or lawns. We simply spray around the area that we wish to protect or scatter the granules as the case may be. This product will last for ages, even after rainfall. However we need to be repetive and consistent with this exercise. When we find that we are having succcess, we need to still apply these pellets and keep up this ongoing struggle. The spray is similar and apply as directed on the bottle. We may need to spray a little heavier over frequently used areas or ‘hotspots’. A good idea is to place a tree branch or twigs over heavily used areas and this proves to be another friendly repellent. Our pets will eventually get the message and move on.
Ultrasonic solar powered pest repeller;
This is a relatively new invention and a well thought out solution for our pet issues. It is a fantastic and innovative device that is operated by solar power. This repeller blasts a range of powerful ultrasonic sounds, which scares away our pets It’s equipped with an infrared motion sensor, which is activated as soon as a pet comes within range. It is not harmful to our pets however and neither is it harmful to ourselves. It is very easy to install and and works automatically. The material is a weatherproof, waterproof and UV resistant plastic and is suitable for all weather conditions. It retails online for approx $30 and is well worth the money.
I hope that this information will be of assistance to people who have to deal with these issues on an ongoing basis. If you would like to contact us with any questions or queries relating to any of the above, please do so, via the comments section down below. We will endeavour to get back in touch with you as soon as possible.