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How do I keep the neighbor's cat from disturbing a nesting Mallard duck in our flower bed? It keeps pooping close by the nest, but I hardly ever see the darn thing.
you can put lavender or pennyroyal plants in area surrounding the nest; cats are repelled by these scents, also of a plant known as Coleus canina, AKA "scaredy cat plant."
you can also purchase acquire a 'scarecrow sprinkler' which is a motion-activated sprinkler www.thespruce.com/
the only problem wiht that approach is that it might repel the duck too, thus defeating the purpose
My school has a mini garden where a duck laid her egg. Everyone knows about it and they put up a fence so it wouldn't be disturbed, but our school is surrounded by busy roads so when the ducks hatch their mom will have to lead them back to her pond.
You might want to have volunteers patrol the streets so they can stop traffic when the ducks cross.