Friday, June 8, 2012

Cat's in the Flowerbeds, Groundhog's in the Garden, Little Boy Blue and the Man in the Moon.


We do not have neighbors next door. Usually, that would be a blessing in city life, unfortunately, we do have an abandoned house next door. Whoever owns this home does not live there and therefore does not see the need to keep up with general upkeep. The grass is now four feet tall and I have lodged my second complaint with our local city government, but nothing has been done about it as of yet.

The tall grass is a concern do to bugs, snakes, and other vermin living in it. I know at least one rabbit and one groundhog call it home. We have seen both the rabbit and the groundhog leaving our garden more than once and our lettuce has taken a beating....or rather an eating.

Across the street lives a cat lady and her cats like to "do their business" in our flowerbeds. They only target the side of our home closest to the abandoned house next door, probably because they like to romp and play in the tall grass.



Step one in defending our garden against these animals was to place a colorful pinwheel near the lettuce, but our rabbit neighbor is apparently brave enough to over come his natural fear of moving objects. We will probably add a scarecrow and some pie pans to make our garden even less inviting, but just to make sure we decided to also erect a fence. It is made up of chicken wire, green Tenax fencing, and wooden stakes.


Step two was to sprinkle Shake Away around our flower beds and garden. Shake Away is scented with the urine of animals cats, rabbits, and groundhogs are afraid of, such as foxes, coyotes and bobcats. It does not harm children, the animals, or the flowers. You can also make your own repellent. Use 2 parts of cayenne pepper, 3 parts dry mustard and 5 parts flour. Mix together well. Sprinkle around the perimeter of your flower bed and in the flower bed itself, just make sure to reapply after it rains.




 Step three is a little weird. A smell that deters rabbits is soap so we put a strong-smelling bar on the end of a stick and "planted" it near the edge of our garden where the lettuce is.





 Hopefully, these measures will prove enough to deter the pests, but if not, we have some other ideas in mind....yes I am laughing wickedly and rubbing my hands together....



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