Gardeners know that there is nothing worse than a garden that’s full of beautiful fruits, vegetables, and flowers, but then has it invaded by pests. Here are 14 ways you can safely repel pests from your garden when they have outstayed their welcome.
How to keep animals out of your garden?
The best way to repel pests is to build a fence around your garden. A mesh fence will keep small pets like rabbits out, but a longer fence should be at least 5 feet high to keep deer away. Talk to a garden expert to determine the best fence for you, depending on what your needs is and how much money you have to spend.
Animal Fence is the best way to keep domestic and wild animals away from a garden. Fencing can be costly, but it is the best way to prevent expensive damage to your garden. These are some things to remember:
- Fences are most effective when the animal is unaware of what it’s protecting. If an animal is hungry, it will be more likely to break through any fence. They don’t see what they are missing if they have solid fences.
- Although electric fences can be more costly and require more maintenance, they have a smaller impact on your view than solid fences and are often more effective. If animals are familiar with electric fences, they will be more likely to use them. Peanut butter can be used on electric fences to get animals shocked. They will be less likely ever to test it again. The fence should not be touched by vegetation. It can reduce its charge, or even ground it.
- You should check local ordinances regarding building fences. Fences that are too large can block views and violate codes.
- The fence should be built to fit the animal.
Here is a list of design tips for foiling animals.
Many homeowners consider deer to be the most dangerous animal. Deer can leap so the fence must be high and at an angle. Game wardens can provide many options for deer barriers. A deer fence that is 8-10 feet tall and angled at 45 degrees in the direction of most deer will be crossing it is one option. They will be less likely to jump. Deer can also get under fences if they are not kept in place.
Dogs and cats
A wire mesh fence three feet high should be built and anchored by sturdy posts. It is unlikely that cats will climb on it, and most dogs won’t be able to knock it over. To discourage dogs from digging under the fence, bend the base of the fence inwardly.
A 2-foot chicken wire fence with holes measuring 1-inch in diameter will keep rabbits out. Curve the fence’s bottom 90 degrees so that rabbits can’t dig under it. Then, bury it several inches below the ground.
Opossum and Raccoon
These animals dig and climb so the fence must have a floppy top as well as a barrier against digging. The top 18 inches of a 4-foot fence will allow the climber to fall back, keeping them from scaling it. You can prevent them from digging under the fence by bending the bottom 90 degrees. This creates a 2-foot-wide apron and then buries it several inches below the fence. You can also place an electric wire over a fence that is 3 to 4 feet tall.
Opossums and raccoons are not fond of material that sticks to their feet. To deter them, you can place bird netting outside the fence. Also, keep the grass mowed.
Woodchucks are similar to opossums and raccoons. To discourage them, any fence must be either unattached at 18 inches above the ground or have an electric wire strung across it. To stop woodchucks from digging under fences that are 4 feet tall, a 2-foot-wide apron should be placed a few inches below the soil. A wire fence can also be protected by an electric fence that is placed just a few inches beyond it.
Begin with perimeter electric fencing. You can add a sheep fence by adding another electric fence wire 8 inches above the ground and about a foot in front. You can also add an electric wire to the top of your sheep fence; in case of coyotes decide to jump.
Bears are capable of destroying most fences but can be discouraged from going into an area they haven’t explored. They don’t like to walk on chicken wire so lay some 3- to 4-foot-wide strips of it on the ground. Secure it with a strong anchor. The area should be kept mowed. If bears come across electric fencing before they are aware of the food source, it is possible to use it as an effective form of fencing.