I Like Cats and I Like Gardens!
But....I HATE Cat Poop!
I have tried everything to deter the furry little beasts from using my garden as a dumping ground (pardon the pun). I have found a non-toxic, animal friendly, long lasting and inexpensive way to discourage the furry felines from leaving their not so desirable presents in your garden or flower beds.
I grew tired of scooping the mini-loafs out the flower beds left from the neighbors cats, but it's illegal to trap the little buggers, and I didn't want to hurt them. I tried all the other things I read; Cayenne pepper (works until the first rain washes it away) or mothballs (not so much luck). And short of wiring up a low-current (non-lethal) fence or motion sensor water gun, the cats would win. Not acceptable!!
I own two cats (they stay indoors) and I know that they HATE to poop in anything that is wet or step on anything that sticks to or pokes their feet, so Voila, the perfect solution.
That's right, it's cheap, readily available and easily converted to any shape, and for this purpose all it takes is time to convert it into anti-poop wire.
Now comes the little time consuming part.
Step 1: Chicken Wire
First start by buying the chicken wire (1/2 inch wide by 1 inch long openings) long enough to cover the area you want covered. I cut it large enough to cover the area not yet filled with plants that is the only dry spot under the overhang of the roof.
Step 2: Cutting the Wire
Using a pair of wire snips, also known as side cutters, start on the second row from the edge (the first row helps it to hold the shape).
Cut one end of every second wire square and bend it up 90 degrees.
The next part is a continuation of the first, BUT....where you skipped a wire on the first row this time you will cut it on the second row, and where you cut a wire you will skip it.
Every time you start a new row alternate.
Here is an example of a section of wire. 'C' will mean cut and 'S' will mean skip
Notice that along the edges the wire is left whole, this reinforces it.
In the photos the wire stands out, but when it is given a light spray paint coating of brown, it blends right into the dirt it sits on. Feel free to paint whatever color works for you.
Since installation, almost one year now, Our flower beds have been poop free!!
I hope this solves the dilemma facing many owners of gardens everywhere.