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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Humane Ways to Protect Your Garden

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By Heather Andrews

Whether it is a deer or a mole or some other unwanted creature that always seems to ruin your perfect garden, there are humane and environmentally safe ways to get rid of the problem. There is no need to set a trap, shoot or use a smelly repellent. These methods can be harmful to others, especially neighborhood children and pets.

Here are some tactics you can use to safely and effectively eliminate a garden pest problem:

  1. Create a high fence surrounding your garden of at least 8 feet tall. This will keep out deer, dogs, and other animals.

  2. Your pets can help! A dog and a cat can effectively scare away lots of garden intruders.

  3. Use wire mesh. A sheet of wire mesh under and around your plants can stop burrowing rodents and wire mesh above and around your garden will keep out deer and rabbits.

  4. Raise your plant bed. A high bed at about 2 feet off of the ground can stop moles, gophers and rabbits.

  5. Choose plants that deer and rabbits are known not to like such as plants with prickly foliage or certain herbs.

  6. Use an ultrasonic pest control device that emits sounds only animals can hear to scare them off.

  7. Use a motion activated sprinkler to spray water at approaching animals and deter them from entering your garden.

A combination of some of the above methods may be the best way to fully protect your garden.

It is time to take a stand against animals eating at your flowers, plants and other garden elements. It’s good to know there are ways to protect your garden without hurting animals, the environment or even your family. Be careful for any spray chemicals that could contaminate nearby water supplies or your garden vegetables and always make sure your set up is safe for children who may come into the yard.

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