Keeping Animals Out of Your Garden

Whether it is your neighbor's pet or some form of wildlife, keeping animals out of the garden can be difficult. This is a guide about keeping animals out of your garden.

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We had a raccoon and cats that were being nuisances. I purchased several of the "old fashioned" toilet bowl fresheners - the type that hang in the bowl and smell so bad. I hung them along the bottom of the fence especially in areas I know the animal used for access. They have worked like a charm.

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    We had a lot of tomatoes, but they got eaten by some animal. My question is if I plant tomatoes now will they still have fruit on them? How do I protect my plants from being eaten? How high of a fence should I have and what should I use?

    Hardiness Zone: 5a

    By Linda from Brighton, MI

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    The deer ate our tomatoes until I started spraying a deer repellent around the garden area. It kept the rabbits out, too. Also, be on the look out for the tomato hornworm. They will eat the plant from top to bottom. They are green and blend in with the stems so you really have to look hard to see them. They are pretty big though, bigger than a catepillar. They also lay their eggs on the leaves so remove anything that looks like a bunch of eggs on a leaf.

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    We use mousetraps to keep squirrels, rabbits and cats from ruining our garden. The noise scares them without hurting them so that they don't return.

    By Pat K

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    How do I stop them from entering my yard?

    By Thomas K.

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    I use a 410 or a 22...Coyotes do a lot of damage in my area. We farm. They have killed my chickens, ducks, cats, taken down and killed several young calves, taken trash out of the trash barrel, rooted in the garden, torn up my compost pile, and carried of my kids toys and chewed on them. Several years ago a neighbor shot one that was acting strange and it was sent off. While it tested neg for rabies, it was full of parasites and very sick looking, with stuff running from its eyes. You don't want them in your yard.

    Depending on your state, try your local conservation agent for suggestions, as well as your local county extension office for ideas.

    Good luck.

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    Is there a natural way to repel deer from eating garden veggies, besides a fence?

    Hardiness Zone: 3b

    By linn from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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    There are motion activated 'scare crows' that when there's moment of a dear, rabbit, bird, raccoon or other animal (even your neighbors dig happy dog) ill make a sudden movement to startle them away. That's also variations of that with a sprinkler that shoots a bit of water to startle the intruder away.

    There is absolutely no harm done to the animals and no poisons or affected plants. And its also aesthetically pleasing. And unlike owl and coyote statues the animals wont become desensitized to them and ignore it. The only down fall is they may be a touch costly. but its well worth it. And unlike topical sprays it wont harm the flowers or produce, It wont add a bad odor and you don't need to remember to reapply it weekly.

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    How do you keep the deer, squirrels, coons, ground hogs, and rabbits out or your garden?

    Hardiness Zone: 6a

    By Thomas from Kansas City, MO

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    Go get hair at the local salon or salons. We give lots free to people for their gardens.

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    Tips and ideas for protecting your plants from small animals. Post your ideas.

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    What is the best way to keep rabbits out of your tomatoes?

    Hardiness Zone: 2a

    By Darlene from Milton, ON, Canada

    Keeping Animals Out of Your Vegetable Garden

    Plant marigolds around your garden. Rabbits can't stand the odor of the flowers. Works for me every time! (06/07/2010)

    By darshae

    Keeping Animals Out of Your Vegetable Garden

    You don't say how big the garden area is. One thought is to buy some wooden stakes or make your own about 3 feet long and bang them into the ground around the garden. Buy some chicken wire and make a fence attaching the wire to the stakes. Place some rocks around the bottom to prevent the rabbits from digging under then wire fence. Or you could buy a Havahart trap, bait the trap and when you trap a rabbit take it about 10 miles or so away and release the rabbit if that is the critter doing the damage. (06/08/2010)

    By foxrun41

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    What non chemical method can be used to keep deer and cats out of the vegetable and the flower beds?

    By Florine from Hyattsville, MD

    What is a Natural Remedy for Keeping Animals Out of My Gardens?

    I sprinkle black pepper on the soil periodically (it doesn't rain much here, so that is a factor for you to adjust for). It works for skunks and cats, not sure about deer. (05/02/2010)

    By demofi

    What is a Natural Remedy for Keeping Animals Out of My Gardens?

    Human hair clippings, and, I know it's gross, but a big time farmer told me human urine around the garden. It has to be replaced every few day. He says he puts it in cups. (05/03/2010)

    By angelsjones

    What is a Natural Remedy for Keeping Animals Out of My Gardens?

    Cats hate citrus. Place some orange/lemon/grapefruit peels (or even pieces) around your garden. This is also a great tip for keeping cats away from your Christmas tree. You can also spray lemon scented water around. The cats won't like it one bit. Sorry I can't help you with the deer though.

    Thank you for trying to solve your problem without using anything toxic to animals. Some people will tell you to use moth balls, but moth balls will kill a cat and are very toxic. (05/06/2010)

    By Needtoknow

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    What is a cheap way to keep wildlife (rabbits,chipmunks, etc.) out of my vegetable garden? I want to keep them from eating all my produce? I do love animals.

    Has anyone heard of using certain brands of soap shavings to keep wildlife (rabbits) away from produce? Or is that snakes? I know mothballs work great for keeping snakes away from preferred areas. They stink, though.

    By Trudy from woods of PA

    Keeping Animals Out of Your Vegetable Garden

    I use the dog hair I capture when I brush my dogs. Gather as much as you can and spread it out round the garden/beds. This worked great for me! (03/26/2010)

    By SueSueSUe

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    How can I keep the animals away from my vegetable plants?

    Hardiness Zone: 7a

    By bardha from Randolph, NJ

    Keeping Animals Out of Your Vegetable Garden

    I don't know this from first-hand experience, but I have heard that many people plant marigolds around the edge; rabbits, etc. don't like the smell and stay away. (06/25/2009)

    By Mary T

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    How do I keep animals from eating my garden?

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