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How do I stop cats from going in the garden?
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By jesus from Elizabethtown, PA
Here is what I did , take a pop bottle fill it halfway with water and lay it down sideways in your garden apparently they don't like the motion of the water it seems to have helped me, I read that mothballs also worked, but there is a plant called piss off from ritchers herbs go online and source them out I buy herbs from them. My brother uses netting all around his raised beds, I will try that too this year.
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If you have a problem with cats pooping in your garden, plant some Lavender or put a pot or two at each end of it. They can't stand the smell of it and will scat!
The cats in my neighborhood like to sleep in the shade under my Spanish lavender bushes. One of them even likes to rub her face on the French lavender bush. I guess cats in California must be just as weird as the rest of us. (03/04/2011)
I am looking for any help with keeping the stray cats that live on our porch out of my flowerbeds. There are 9 of them that my two daughters keep feeding! I have tried moth balls but they just push them aside and do their business. Please Help.
Anne-Marie from Rushville, Indiana
Try citrus scents or cayenne pepper. (06/30/2008)
Cats don't like citrus smells, so orange, grapefruit or lemon peels should work. You have to keep adding fresh ones to keep the odor strong.
To keep cats from spraying on my house, I doused the affected area with lemon scented Mr. Clean. It seemed to do the trick, and washed off the spray as well. (07/01/2008)
By Louise B.
If you poke a lot of bamboo shish-kabob skewers in the soil, pointy side up, the cats won't want to land on them and will poop elsewhere.
How about hiding a few small mouse traps? If you catch them, spray with water. Cyote spay in a bottle, might work. (07/01/2008)
NEVER use cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce. It burns their eyes so much that they will scratch their eyes right out to get rid of the pain! Try coffee grounds. It works for me. I dump ALL my coffee grounds outside, around my plants and all over my garden; safe for kids, and cats don't like the smell. (07/01/2008)
By Dena Roberts
I have three raised beds and two feline fur balls that give me fits if I forget to show them who is boss. Two things work. Keeping the top of the soil wet deters them from interest in stepping in, most of the time. But the number one trick even works with wild rabbits and deer. And you're gonna think I'm crazy, but... this has worked for three years now. I keep a plastic instant coffee jar in the bathroom. (I really don't even know how to word this decently enough!) Let's just say - my hubby donates a urine sample twice a week. First morning's is the best. Before it becomes too warm outside, I distribute the "sample" around the raised beds, dribbling down the sides of the lumber. The rabbits even seem to make a point of going out of their way to avoid the beds when they run through our back yard. I had a doe show up at the pasture fence one morning for about a half-hour. Boy did she have her eyes on my snap beans! Sprinkled down the fencing for a couple hundred feet. She hasn't been back. (07/07/2008)
Find s store which sells hazelnut shells for mulch. They shells are sharp and they won't want to walk on them. I use this type of mulch and it keeps all animals away from my plants. It doesn't cut just hurts enough so they won't put their weight on the shells.
I remember when I was small I can still remember my mom chasing the rabbits from her flower bed with the broom because they wanted her bulbs. Reading this gardening article both back some memories. Yes the pee does work. (07/15/2008)
By Barbara J Snyder