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Tips for stopping small animals from destroying your garden crops

Fencing can add peace of mind to the gardener if he lives in an area where small animals thrive and enjoy those moonlight meals of lettuce, cabbage and carrots. I have fenced my gardens but there are times fencing is not an option.

Here are a few tips that will help keep animals out of the garden. If your wildlife problem is not too bad these suggestions should keep your crops safe.

  • Onions help keep rabbits out of the garden
  • Marigolds and geraniums keep animals out of the garden. They also keep certain insects at bay
  • Moving strips of cloth tied to stakes scare many animals
  • Pie tins reflect light and scare away small animals and some birds (all birds are not bad though)
  • Wind chimes will help make noise and keep animals away.
  • Leave a radio on near the garden
  • A scarecrow will work for certain animals, usually deer. I will move a scarecrow once a week.
  • Clothes left near the edge of a garden will make animals think a human is nearby
  • Human hair will keep deer away.
  • Walk you dog around the perimeter of the garden just before dusk.
  • Dried blood, which can be bought at garden centers, will keep animals away
  • Garlic spray will keep rabbits from chewing on lettuce
  • Chicken coop wire used around crops like lettuce will protect them from rabbits
  • Raised beds and container gardening discourage many wild animals

These are just a few ideas and often times will work if you don’t have a serious animal problem. There are also sprays away that are available for animal control but I am not into using these sprays. I am not sure what chemical they have and I don’t use chemical sin my gardens.

Tags: animal control, keeping small animals out of the garden, organic control of wild animals, protecting your crops

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