Gardening Without the Game
Gardeners everywhere have probably noticed how
difficult it has become to garden without "giving away the farm."
Brazen deer, clever raccoons, tenacious squirrels, rabbits, and
birds can all decimate a garden turning months of work into rubble.
Anyone who has been frustrated by these critters might have even
considered giving up gardening. There are, however, new ways of
dealing with potential garden crashers. The lawn and garden industry
has come up with some innovative solutions to keeping unwanted
animals out of the garden. Whether by ground-breaking methods or
tried and true conventional methods, gardeners should be able to
continue growing gardens without feeding the animals.
One of the best methods of protecting your crop against deer is by
exclusion, or physically preventing the animals from encroaching
upon the garden boundaries. Despite being athletic jumpers capable
of clearing more than 80", whitetail deer are often frustrated by
fencing 72" or higher and will likely jump higher only when chased.
If you have problems with raccoons, squirrels, and rabbits in
addition to deer, you may wish to install a welded wire fence that
animals find more difficult to chew through than plastic fencing. An
electric wire installed at the top of the fence will prevent the
raccoons and squirrels from climbing over it into the garden.
Another form of exclusion common to many of us is container
gardening. Quite a number of common garden plants do well in
containers and can be placed out of reach of most potential garden
Some of us are not able to install fencing or electric wires because
of local restrictions by townships or home owner associations and
must resort to newer, less obtrusive methods of thwarting potential
garden pillagers. Motion activated spray devices, sonic repellents,
liquid deterrents, and scarecrow devices can all be good solutions
when a fence is not possible. Motion activated spray devices look
much like a sprinkler head attached to you garden hose, but work
only when motion triggers the sensor. When animals activate the
sensor by approaching the garden, they are sprayed with shots of
water and learn quickly that the area is off limits. Sonic
repellents will emit different frequencies of continuous sound
(depending on the animal you are trying to repel) within an animals
hearing range but not in most humans' audible range. Liquid
deterrents simply release unpleasant scents that the animals find
unappealing wherever it is sprayed. Scarecrow devices are generally
most effective for controlling birds and squirrels. Not all
scarecrows look like a prominent character in the "Wizard of Oz,"
though, and might come in the form of an owl decoy or fox cutout.
When using a scarecrow, be sure to move it regularly so that animals
do not become desensitized to it. The decoys and scarecrows that
move with the wind are often more convenient to use as they require
less frequent moving. A stationary scarecrow should really be moved
every couple of days.
BestNest carries pest control and deterrent products in a variety of
styles and price ranges to fit your application. Visit
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assistance, please call one of our customer service representatives
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