Deter cats and dogs
Stop them spoiling beds and borders
Cats and dogs can be a nuisance in the garden, soiling borders, catching birds, digging up bulbs and mauling plants. Here are some deterrents you can use: ● Prevent dogs from wandering in by securing gaps with fencing or thorny plants. ● Plant common rue (beware, it’s toxic to humans) beside vulnerable plants – dogs can’t abide it. ● Use a cat-proof bird table with a secure cage and site it by a dense, thorny bush – not close to any surface that a cat can climb on. If you own a cat, fit its collar with a bell. If birds are nesting in a tree, fix chicken wire around a section of the trunk or plant a rambling rose on its sunny side. ● Put a sprinkler on a timer for short bursts – the cold water spray will train dogs and cats to stay away. ● Plant cat nip where you’re happy for cats to play. ● Cats are attracted to freshly dug earth so cover seed beds with thorny or coniferous prunings or chicken wire until the ground has settled. ● If borders are being soiled, spread around strongly scented orange peel, coffee grounds, moth balls, garlic and vinegar-soaked rags. Alternatively use products such as Get Off Cat & Dog Repellent Crystals (£4.29 from www.fetch.co.uk; tel: 0345 600 6070) or Vitax Scent Off Gel (£4.99 from www.tescodirect. co.uk; tel: 0800 323 4050).
Sprinklers or thorny plants keep cats away!
Try one of these safe options as a deterrent