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Landscaping Tip: Keeping cats out of your landscaping beds

by editor on July 29, 2011

Felines can be a real problem when trying to grow beautiful plants in your landscaping beds. Outside cats often see garden beds as one big litter box, leaving many homeowners quite perturbed when seedlings or other plants are disturbed by a cat’s digging. Here are some tips to keep cats out of your landscaping beds without calling animal control.

Mothballs. Fill up a sizeable jar with mothballs and poke a few holes in the lid. DO NOT leave mothballs out freely because they are toxic and can be accidentally ingested by both animals and children alike.

Lavender. Cats do not like the smell or taste of lavender, so planting some of this around your landscaping beds will provide you with a vivid and pleasant-smelling cat repellant.

Chicken wire. This sounds like an odd way to repel cats, but placing chicken wire on top of your garden bed might be one of the most effective cat repellent methods listed here. You can use wire cutters to create the necessary space for your plants to grow through the chicken wire. Landscaping experts insist that cats do not like to walk on chicken wire, so they will quickly look for another area to do their business.

Water. Cats hate water. If you notice felines running in and out of your yard, you may want to take a couple of days to hang out in your yard with a ready garden hose or water gun by your side. Anytime you see a cat, blast it with some water and eventually he’ll get the hint. Another great idea is to set up a sprinkler next to your landscaping bed. Whenever a cat comes creeping in, turn the sprinkler on and hopefully after just a few incidences, he’ll associate your landscaping bed with the unpleasantness of getting sprayed.

These are just a few options to making sure your landscape beds are safe from roaming felines. A more effortless tactic is talking to the cat’s owner about your concerns. If the cat is a stray, consider live trapping him and taking him to a no-kill shelter where he is likely to find a happy home and an indoor litter box.

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