Whether you're beautifying your yard by tending tulips, daisies and other flowers or growing your own vegetables in your backyard, making sure pets don't enter the fray and ruin it is a priority.
Pets and gardens don't mix: dog breeds like beagles are stubborn diggers, while cats consider your bed of petunias as a comfortable place to take a siesta. Some felines and canines could treat your garden as a bathroom. Sure, we want to make our pets' lives as happy as possible, but this should not come at the expense of your labor and your plants' lives.
If you are experiencing this perennial problem, this Instructable will present solutions to your "pet acting like a pest" problem!
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Step 1: Plant a Catnip Garden (For Cats)
Catnip is a herb widely used by pet owners to entice, train, or simply spoil their feline friends. Cats sniff and chew on these herb, and once they do, it excites their olfactory glands. This in turn puts the cats in a momentary state of bliss - their behavior will then be highlighted by drooling, anxiety, sleepiness and purring. Be careful though, due to their mental state, cats may sometimes bite or paw at the hands touching them.
By creating your own catnip miniature garden, you can easily make your cats visit it instead of the flower beds. Don't fret: it is a hardy plant and can grow on almost any soil.
Photo by Dwight Sipler.
Step 2: Coffee Grounds Fertilizer
Avoid using cocoa mulch - it's poisonous to both cats and dogs, and there are better options, like your already seemingly useless coffee grounds.
These are actually good fertilizers. Rather than throwing them in the trash, put them evenly on your garden's soil: it provides a host of minerals to the soil which will nurture your plant. Take note that this is also a good addition to your compost pit.
In the "pet repellent" context, dogs and cats hate the smell of coffee. Try shoving a shoving a spoonful of coffee grounds into your pet's face: they will likely point their noses somewhere else or get away from you.
Put coffee grounds on the soil and see the difference.
Step 3: Cayenne Pepper Flakes
Though this will initially subject your pets to extreme suffering (like if they stuff their noses on the soil), putting pepper flakes or powder on the soil will negatively associate the garden with a horrible experience.
This will also deter other pests, like squirrels, chipmunks and other rodents which may be looking at your vegetable garden with drooling mouths. You don't need to worry about having spicy cucumbers and lettuce - your vegetables and flowering plants will turn out fine, especially if you're using premium farm products.
Step 4: Spray Vinegar on the Edges
Take note: be sure not to put vinegar directly on the soil, considering that it will increase its acidity and may affect the growth of your pets.
Do us a favor and place your nose right above the exposed lid of the a bottle of vinegar. It smells horrible, right? Since animals' sense of smell is stronger than ours, the sour stench will be stronger, making vinegar a powerful deterrent.
Spray on the edges of your garden - not directly on the soil but on the wood or stones bordering it.