De­ter cats and dogs

Stop them spoil­ing beds and bor­ders

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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

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