By mamacrafter from TN
Yes, I can re-plant through the fence material - drop the new seeds in, poke with a stick or a pencil, and they are good to go! I am hoping to get this year's peas into the barrel this weekend. I like to plant them around Thanksgiving, but got distracted this year - we'll have fresh sugar snap peas for Easter dinner!
By MooseMom from Elk Grove, CA
Please do not ever put things like Tabasco sauce or other harmful things anywhere that a helpless little animal might be blinded or made terribly sick by eating or coming into contact with it.
Source: A lifetime of gardening, dealing with animals and looking for ways to do both safely and enjoyably.
By Julia from Boca Raton, FL
By Jeta from Cumbria, UK
By Cheryl D. from Wolfville, Nova Scotia
I buy the skewers at the dollar store. They are cheap and non-toxic. The skewers can be easily removed as the plants grow and fill in the space. One dollar package takes care of my whole garden and has been working for me for the last three years.
By Jeanette from Citrus Heights, CA
By webduck from Port Orchard, WA
Another idea I heard from Petkeeping with Marc Marone, is to lay down chicken wire around plants, and cover with dirt or mulch. His intention was for digging dogs, but it could also work for cats.
By CS7 from OR
By Tina from San Antonio, TX
By Chantal from OR
By Cheryl from Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Source: Absolute frustration with the neighborhood furrrrrs using my big pots as littler boxes.
By Eileen from Elk Grove, CA
How can I keep stray cats from urinating on my flowerpots? What is there that I can use as homemade cat repellent and stop them from using my garden as a bathroom?
By achongolele from Brandon, FL
Get a good squirt gun and fill it with water. Squirt the cat every time it comes into your garden or near your potted plants. It won't take long for kitty to decide your yard is not worth getting wet.
Recently there are feral cats who are doing their "business" in my flower bed.
How do I get them out of there?
By Lorraine from Bristol, CT
Plant onions and garlic around the border. They make nice flowers also when not harvested. The cat's won't like the smell. In the mean time, till the plants grow, puree a garlic and onion mush in a blender (raw), slowly add a bit of water at a time till it is thin.
Pour it into an empty hand dish detergent bottle with a flip tab (The pull up kind might get clogged with bits), then squirt a stream of the solution around your garden each morning. It will water your garden around the edges which some times get missed and keep the cats away. (Or so my mom and son say) My son's a pro.
Please help, my neighbour's cat is using my garden as a litter box. I've cleaned it once but the cat returned. If I put moth balls out will this keep the cat out or will the cat eat them?
I want to deter the cats & dogs from using our yard as a toilet but not deter wild birds or harm them what to use? We have feeders out on platforms on poles in yard & bird baths.
I have a large planter in my yard and the cats use it as a potty. How can I keep them out of it?
By V Meyers from Discovery Bay, CA
Cats don't like it when there is something in the middle of the pot. Like tall spindly lights, or just one of the shorter wider ones from dollar tree. It makes it uncomfortable for them to get comfortable. Also if you shave some orange peels around the top, the cat finds it offensive.
I had problems with my cats thinking my flower pots were there beds. Something in the pot that is UN comfortable for them to lay on does the trick. Even if it is a dollar tree decoration, or even a few pointed stones. An ornamental stick from the ground etc...
If your planter has kitty smell, clean out and use some garden lime. The garden lime takes away the cat smell. Do all of these and there is less of a chance of cat problems.
If orange peels and lemon peels work, why not use orange or lemon juice in a garden sprayer and just spray the yard?
By Buddy J.
Ants would be attracted to orange juice. Plus the zest of the fruit is where the oil is and is what makes it so strong.
How can I keep cats out of garden beds?
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By Lois from Toledo, OH
Sprinkle hot pepper on ground. Also Moth Balls work well and also spraying ammonia on the ground. I like the hot pepper myself. Good Luck and God Bless!
I am looking for solutions to stop outdoor cats from using my outdoor plastic shed as their litter box.
By cats rule
I agree with the previous poster regarding the lemons. There are some cat repellants that work, but their smell is almost as bad as the cat pee, and they all have to be re-applied after a rain. I think orange peels or grapefruits might work just as well. I have repelled them with lemon scented Mr. Clean splashed on my wall, where stray males were spraying their scent. Do not use something toxic like moth balls. Much worse than the cat smell, and far more toxic to you!
How do I keep cats out of my flowers in pots on my porch?
You can put rocks around the plant in the pot - as many rocks as you need to completely cover the soil. OR, you can get a roll of "garden fence" in various colors and cut a piece to fit the top of your pot. Cut a slit in the fencing, so that you can place it around your plant, and lay it on top of the soil or staple it to the rim of the pot.
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|I recently made a new area of the garden "mine". The cats had been using this as a cat box in the past (or so I think). Any ideas to keep them away?
|RE: Trying to keep cats out of the garden||07/24/2003|
|Here's a similar request with lots of ideas about keeping cats of of pots. Maybe something here will help.|
|RE: Trying to keep cats out of the garden||06/04/2004|
|If they have been using this already for some time, you may need to replace the soil or add in a good amount of topsoil. If you are planting vegetables you wouldn't want any of the known cat feces diseases to get into your food. If you are planting flowers, the acids in the urine may affect some types of flowers.|
|By Tawnda (Guest Post)|
|RE: Trying to keep cats out of the garden||07/18/2004|
|Mix 2 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of mustard with 1 cup hot pepper sauce that contains habenero peppers, and 2 cups vinegar with 3 cups water. Blend well. Pour a thin stream in several areas of the garden. Sounds silly, but it works! The scent keeps cats away so it is harmless.|
|By Shirley Mac (Guest Post)|
|RE: Trying to keep cats out of the garden||07/19/2004|
|Just a note on Shirley's post... vinegar can and will kill grass, weeds and your good plants, so be careful when spreading around the garden that it doesn't leach into the soil around your favorite plants. And those habo peppers should keep anything out, LOL. I have this marked in my favorites. :)|
|By Dee (Guest Post)|
|RE: Trying to keep cats out of the garden||08/15/2004|
|In the spring, after you plant seeds or before you put seedlings in, lay fence down on top of the garden soil. You can use wire chicken-coop type fence if you want but the cheapest and easiest to use is the flexible plastic fence with 1 x 1 inch or 2 x 2 inch holes sold in roll. It is cheap and available at Walmart in the spring. The cats will no longer use the garden as a litter box because it isn't pleasing to scratch soil through the fence.
The other thing I've used: After I cut back my rose bushes, I take the branches that have lots of thorns and criss cross and lay them throughout the garden. Cats and animals hate thorny branches in their way but the plants and seedlings don't mind, they grow over and around the rose branches. Don't bother with pepper spray or moth balls etc., once it rains it washes the smell away.
Using the fencing and rose branches stopped my 4 cats from using my garden as a litter box. However, now I have crows eating my ripe tomatoes so I have to do something. I bought a fake owl and move the owl to different posts every third day or so, but the crows got wise to it. Should I make a scarecrow?
|By Melissa (Guest Post)|
|RE: Trying to keep cats out of the garden||08/16/2004|
|Regarding the crows eating the tomatoes. Drive a few wooden stakes among your plants. Attach some of those unsolicited ISP CD's you get in your mailbox. Just tie a string on them and tack them to to top of the stakes so they can swing. The shiny reflection will scare the birds away. If you don't have any CD's, go to the Post Office and pick up a few... they have AOL ones all the time. Harlean from Arkansas|
|RE: Trying to keep cats out of the garden||04/28/2005|
|Has anyone tried "used" coffee grounds as a deterrent for the cats? I have read that they do not like the smell and stay away. With dogs on one side of us, and a cat on the other, this whole issue is a challenge!|
|By mamasix (Guest Post)|
|RE: Trying to keep cats out of the garden||06/14/2005|
|Mothballs in the hole doesn't work, the cats kept using the garden as a spot to dig,urinate,and poop. I use javex around my garden edge and it works great, now I don't have a problem with cats.|
|By icewoman152003 (Guest Post)|
|One of the things I have done, is to put regular balloons out in the garden. The cats will pop them and then run away. After a few weeks of tying balloons to branches stuck in the ground, or to the plants themselves, substitute the balloons with balls, which do not pop but act as a visual reminder.
Some cats will not have any problem with popping ballons, but most will decide to leave well enough alone. I love cats by the way and I know their behavior, they are adorable, but they love to dig!
Race Against Thimerosol
|RE: Keeping Cats out of Garden||09/04/2004|
|Why not plant some catnip in an area where you would like the cats to hang out? Suggestion; a sunny spot. Cats, like other animals are telepathic. They see whatever you are picturing in your head. If you want the cat to stay out of your garden you have to "Stop" picturing the cat IN your garden. Picture the cat where you want him to be. Pay attention to your thoughts. Good Luck. I'm picturing success for you.|
|By kathryn (Guest Post)|
|Keeping Cats out of the Garden||04/28/2005|
|If neighborhood stray cats love your garden, sprinkle cayenne pepper or citrus peel pieces throughout the surface. This will not harm them but they'll remember that your garden is no longer their bathroom or playground!|
|RE: Keeping Cats out of the Garden||04/28/2005|
|My cat was invading my neighbor's garden. We both tried different methods to keep her away. I finally kept the cat in the house for two weeks. I figured she would forget after awhile and explore another area. Apparently, it did work since the neighbor no longer saw her there. It wasn't easy to keep her in for two weeks but I felt it was my responsibility to keep her from destroying my neighbors flowers.|
|I have several cats in the neighborhood that come and go in my garden. Is there a natural remedy of something I can put in my garden to keep them out. They are stepping all over my pansies and in the spring they step all over the new flowers. Someone suggested moth balls but i am not sure if that is true or not. I just want to keep them out of my garden.
Hardiness Zone: 8a
Tina Butler from Mesquite, TX
|RE: Keeping Cats out of the Garden||02/27/2006|
|Try lemon or orange peels. Cats dislike like citrus. However, this method may only last for a limited time as the citrus peel decomposed.|
|By Paul Oakenfold (Guest Post)|
|RE: Keeping Cats out of the Garden||03/07/2006|
|Go to The Vinegar Pages at about.com to find a remedy for this and other problems.
One reader's tip, "I have poured vinegar around my children's sand box to keep cats from using it as their litter box. About every two months I reapply just to be sure. It has worked so far."
|I'm sure you've been asked this question a hundred times already... but here goes anyhow. First off, I live in a duplex with a fenced-in back yard. I am fortunate in the fact that I have some space in which to garden for veggies and have a nice flower patch along with a few rose bushes.
My problem is my neighbor's CATS. Don't get me wrong, I do love cats, just not in my back yard. I have an old dog but would not want to use anything that would either hurt my dog or the cats. I just want to be able to get them out of my yard and keep them out (except for Bogie, of course). Other than spraying them with the water hose when I see them, do you have any other suggestions that would be workable in keeping the cats out of my yard?
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Thank you and God bless...
|RE: Keeping Cats out of the Garden||04/21/2006|
|I have kept cats out of my garden by using lemon, grapefruit and orange peels and black or crushed red peppers. I put these around areas that I don't want animals to get into.|
|RE: Keeping Cats out of the Garden||04/24/2006|
|We have tried putting plastic forks in the ground around the flowers. Handle side in. When they step on them....they don't like it! It won't keep them out of your whole yard, but it will keep them out of flowerbeds. You could also try wooden skewers. Good luck!|
|RE: Keeping Cats out of the Garden||05/18/2006|
|My Uncle in England swears by mothballs. He has one placed about every square yard. Uncle Maurice is very meticulous and wouldn't do this if it didn't work. Good Luck, Vanessa, in South Korea at the moment.|
|By Vanessa (Guest Post)|
|RE: Keeping Cats out of the Garden||05/18/2006|
|Please don't use mothballs as they are toxic to humans and pets and don't work anyway|
|By srarlite. (Guest Post)|
|RE: Keeping Cats out of the Garden||05/19/2006|
|jillian357-that is just EVIL! Wooden skewers? Plastic forks? I don't think maiming an innocent, exploring animal is a very good thing for anyone to do. That's really terrible. Spray the cat with a hose whenever you notice it. It will make it mad and after a few times will go somewhere else.|
|By (Guest Post)|
How can I keep the neighboor's cat out of my garden? Tips for keeping cats out of your garden.
How can you keep cats out of the garden?
How do you keep neighbourhood cats out of the garden? It's fenced and they keep coming over.
I was reading on my cat calendar how cats hate the smell of chamomile and the smell of marigolds and if you plant those in your garden the cats won't dig in the garden much.
New neighbors moved in next door and have a cat. I have 3 dogs. My dogs are either in my backyard (walled), or if I take them out they are on leashes.
I need a deterrent to keep a cat from pooing in my garden. I am looking for something which can survive a few days in a damp/wet climate.