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Gardens-how to keep them safe from cats





Synergistic_Linguistics
Despite the fact that I love cats, they can wreak havoc on a garden...especially if they're the neighbor's cats! In my case, I live in a fairly big city, and my garden is on the roof. Anyone familiar with city living knows that most roofs are connected in dense places, and stray cats live on roofs...sometimes just to avoid the dogs that may be in the street.

Two cats terrorized my garden at first, but then I did two things. I took a mature catnip plant (the thing was HUGE!) and put it in a hard-to-reach niche. Then I planted Rue in pots, and set them amongst my plants.

Cats HATE Rue. It smells terrible to them, though humans can't smell it much. The leaves are an irritant to the eyes, skin and nose...even for humans! So don't eat it, and avoid rubbing against it. For me, the pots are out-of-the-way just enough that I don't brush against them.

Rue is also a beautiful plant. It has darling yellow blossoms during the warm season.

SO...now the cats purr as close as they can get to the catnip, and ignore me completely. And as far as the garden, not so much as a chewed leaf, and not a single paw-print in the soil!
Crinoid
I no longer plant catnip for my cat, no more visitors. Fenced townhouse garden.
ocalhoun
There are also chemicals commercially available that keep cats and other pets (or is it pests) away...
rajpk
thanx
malcolmpreen
I find having a dog is quite a successful deterrent !!!

Malcolm
mikakiev
I just remembered my friend's talk.
Loads of cats visit her roof and there was no way to stop them. They peed there and stink awfully. She needed to wash the roof from time to time, it's too much as an daily job.
The plants you named would interest her.
tony
I think a big dog would work, if you don't mind the extra work.
Baka_Desu
having a big dog helps but for me its different, when the cat comes over to my garden, my dog goes berserk and tries to get the cat. The bad thing is when my dog goes berserk he also steps on all over my plants so its pretty hard to grow decent sized plants in my backyard
ponda
Despite the fact that I love cats, they can wreak havoc on a garden...especially if they're the neighbor's cats! In my case, I live in a fairly big city, and my garden is on the roof. Anyone familiar with city living knows that most roofs are connected in dense places, and stray cats live on roofs...sometimes just to avoid the dogs that may be in the street.

Two cats terrorized my garden at first, but then I did two things. I took a mature catnip plant (the thing was HUGE!) and put it in a hard-to-reach niche. Then I planted Rue in pots, and set them amongst my plants.

Cats HATE Rue. It smells terrible to them, though humans can't smell it much. The leaves are an irritant to the eyes, skin and nose...even for humans! So don't eat it, and avoid rubbing against it. For me, the pots are out-of-the-way just enough that I don't brush against them.

Rue is also a beautiful plant. It has darling yellow blossoms during the warm season.

SO...now the cats purr as close as they can get to the catnip, and ignore me completely. And as far as the garden, not so much as a chewed leaf, and not a single paw-print in the soil!
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The first line of defence is to ensure that your yard boundaries are secure. Any gaps in your fence should be blocked to deny low level access. But cats can jump so fix a taut wire or string some six inches above the top of your fence to deter this approach.

Once inside your garden many people say that the best cat repellent is a dog who will soon see off any feline invader. If you are not a dog lover then you will have to resort to more passive methods. Since cats like to lie on freshly dug soil you should lay mulch on your borders so that no bare soil is left exposed. Seed beds should be covered with wire netting or twigs arranged as a barrier.

Young trees should have plastic guards fitted around their trunks to protect them against use as a scratching pole.
Your garden pond should be covered with netting to keep your fish safe.

Cats are generally known to dislike water so a well aimed bucketful or a squirt with the hose will certainly make an intruder run. After one or two dousings it may learn the lesson and stay away.

To protect plants and borders both mothballs and citrus are said to be effective deterrents. Place the mothballs, orange peel or lemon rind in the borders. Alternatively spray cloths with orange scented air freshener and place the cloths around the plants you wish to protect. Other known cat repellents are cayenne pepper, coffee grounds, pipe tobacco, lavender oil, lemon grass oil, citronella oil, eucalyptus oil and mustard oil.
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