My farm cats, seem to enjoy watching me garden. They have the run of the farm, but seem to love, doing their business in the flower beds, where I have just worked. I want to keep my flower beds off limits to the cats. Any suggestions?
By Sheila from Ontario
I heard you plant onions in the garden that you want to keep cats out of.
It was suggested to me that I bury chicken wire about 1/2" deep and cover with soil. Your plants will still come up but the cats like to dig and can't dig through the chicken wire so this discourages them.
I've been using coffee grounds also and that has helped me too!
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What will keep cats from peeing in my flower beds?
I would plant some coleus canina it is also called scare the cat plant. They do not like the smell of it nor do dogs the plant puts off the smell of a tom cat. But is not detected by our noses just their's.
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.
I am having a big issue, with stray neighbor cats in my area, pooping in my garden bed. The thing is, that it is just that one garden bed out of 4 that the cats keep going in. The bed is not very big and it is outside our front door. I have tried using coffee grounds, because I have heard that will help, also have read that orange peels and stuff work, but here are my concerns. For one, the bed is outside our front door and I am concerned they will attract more flies than I would like, and two, I am starting to wonder if, since that is the only bed they will use, if maybe they have just put their mark on it and no matter what I out down, it will not repel them, because they have made their "mark" on it.I am wondering if maybe I should just start new and empty out the flower bed completely and get new dirt and soil?
You can use several methods to stop the cats from pooping in your flower beds.
Put sticks and branches in the flower beds.
Use a spike mat around your garden and near the flower bed.
Cats don't like cayenne pepper. You will have to reapply after watering or rain, but it works.
How can I keep cats out of garden beds?
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By lois whiteman 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!
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