10 Solutions to Keep Pets out of the Garden
There's nothing more frustrating than having all the hard work you went through planting and growing a garden to be ruined in seconds by a digging dog. Here are 10 ways you can have pets and a garden, too. And, no worries: these methods are all safe for pets and kids.
Here are 10 things you can use to keep dogs out of the garden:
Citrus peels, such as lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit, give off a pungent smell that most pets dislike. Grind them up, add coffee grounds for a stronger odour, and add to your soil. The smell should reawaken every time you water your plants.
Some pets don't respond to citrus. Some even like the smell. The good news? The coffee/citrus mulch also makes a fantastic fertilizer for your plants.
2. Repellents Sprays
Spray Repellents, such as Hagen Non-Aerosol Pet Repellent, can be effective at keeping pets out of your garden. It's safe to spray on shrubs, landscape, and even outdoor furniture. Reapply after rainfall or as needed to keep curious pets from getting into trouble.
Certain plants dogs hate that will keep them from going near your garden. Bergamot, rue, and citronella can repel pets. (Watch out for rue, some people have a skin allergy to it).
Other plants dogs hate like marigolds, also called calendula, can work too. For cats, try Scaredy Cat (coleus canina), or herbs such as lavender and rosemary.
Plants can have varying results with different animals. Unfortunately, if the animal's desire is there, a bad smell doesn't always deter.
Alternatively, you can plant flowers or bushes with prickly thorns, such as roses. Pets dislike the thorns as much as we do.
While many of the plants dogs hate will simply deter them from going near them, other plants can be harmful to their health. Make sure your plants are pet-safe by checking out these 50 Dangerous Garden Plants for Pets.
4. Blood Meal
Mix blood meal into your soil for another smelly solution to dogs in the flowerbed. Pets' sensitive noses will seek less offensive air. Just like orange peels and coffee grounds, blood meal also works as a great fertilizer.
The addition of stones will help repel cats from your garden. Since cats prefer sandy, smooth soil, stones can keep them from leaving presents in your flowers. Unfortunately, stones won't do much for roaming dogs.
Chicken wire or mesh laid just under your soil can prevent animals from digging in your garden. You can cut the mesh for your plant roots.
If your pet is a digger, these options may not be effective. Chicken wire especially, can cause injury to your pet's paws if they dig down to it.
Electronic fences are effective at keeping your own dogs away from your garden, but can be costly to use just for the garden. If you are already considering an electronic fence, though, you can easily route it around your flower beds.
Physical fences are quite effective at keeping pets out, as long as they are high enough. Generally, animals are looking for easy paths, so fences make good deterrents.
8. Pet "Zoning"
If you can spare some space in your yard for pet-friendly areas, they are less likely to go to your garden.
If you have a dog that likes to dig, a designated sandbox or dirt digging area can keep them out of your garden. You may have to "scoop" periodically, but you shouldn't find surprises in your flowers.
For cats, you can also plant a catnip plant or honeysuckle bush to attract them. Honeysuckle has beautiful blooms and a pleasant smell.
9. Ultrasonic Trainers
Ultrasonic trainers, like Petsafe Yard Trainers, can help keep your pet (or others) out of your garden. They emit a high-frequency sound that pets hate. These are a good choice if you are already training your pet with one. They can be a costly solution just to keep pets out of gardens, though. Also, you have to witness the act for the trainer to be effective.
10. Motion Sensor Sprinklers
Sprinklers, like Contech's ScareCrow, are motion-activated and work fantastic to keep pets and animal pests away. The short burst of water and sound scares pets, who remember the negative experience, and will likely not return.
Just be careful - the sprinkler can't distinguish between human and animal visitors! You'll need to either avoid the splash zone or be very quick on your feet.