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How to keep cats out of garden beds?

Cats are great pets but can be a menace when digging in your garden beds. They dig for several reasons, including hunting prey and marking territory. You can take steps to keep cats out of your garden beds by adding cat-repellent plants and installing fencing around your beds.

Garden Beds​
Garden Beds​

Cat Repellent Plants

Cats are great pets but can be a menace when digging in your garden beds. They dig for several reasons, including hunting prey and marking territory. You can take steps to keep cats out of your garden beds by adding cat-repellent plants and installing fencing around your beds.

Cat Repellent Plants

You can use cat-repellent plants to keep cats away from your garden beds. These plants contain compounds that smell bad to cats and other animals so that they will avoid them. The most common types of cat-repellent plants include:

Citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus): This plant has an unpleasant odor that deters cats from coming near it. It grows well in the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11 and requires full sun exposure and moist soil conditions throughout the year. It reaches 3 feet tall when mature, so you should plant it in the back or sides of your garden bed where you don’t want cats digging up your flowers or vegetables just yet.

Citrus fruit rinds: Cats don’t like citrus fruits or their rinds because they have an unpleasant odor that makes them feel sick if they eat them or come into contact with them. The citric acid in the rinds also deters cats from coming near them. You can plant a citrus tree or shrub in your garden so that it grows large enough to provide some protection for other plants and flowers. You can also use the citrus rinds to make a repellent spray. Just combine them with water and spray them on your plants or around your garden to keep cats away.

Cucumber peels: Cats don’t like the smell of cucumbers, so they avoid eating them when fresh. However, if you let cucumber peels sit out for a few days after cutting them up and then bury them in the soil around your plants, they’ll emit an odor that cats can’t stand. Cucumber peels are also good at repelling rats and other small animals that may be interested in your garden. Just bury them around the perimeter of your garden for the best results.

Aromatic plants: Some aromatic plants, such as lavender and mint, are known for repelling cats. These are growing in your garden will help keep the felines away even if they’re not buried in the soil. Citrus peels. The pungent aroma of citrus peels is another natural way to keep cats out of your garden. You can bury them around the perimeter or put them on top of the soil in areas where you don’t want cats digging up plants.

Garden Beds​
Garden Beds​

Fence

Cats are territorial creatures who will try to mark your garden as theirs. The best way to keep cats out of your garden beds is to fence them. Many fences can keep cats out of your garden beds, including chicken wire, wood slats, chain links, and even bamboo. If you don’t want to use a fence, you can deter cats from entering your garden using an organic repellent like orange peels or citrus oil.

A fence is the most effective way to keep cats out of your garden beds because it keeps them away from the area thoroughly. It also protects plants from damage caused by digging and scratching by cats.

If you don’t want to use a fence, keep a few plants inside large pots, so they’re easier for you to move around the yard if they become damaged by cats. It would be best if you also made sure that any plants on the ground level have been moved away from the edge of your property so that they’re no longer accessible for cats, who tend to climb fences to get into other people’s yards for fun. If you have a garden bed that’s too large to move around, consider adding fencing so the cats can’t get in.

Motion Activated Sprinklers

Cats are intelligent creatures who often find ways to get in your yard, even if you’ve tried everything. Motion-activated sprinklers are a great way to keep cats out of your garden beds.

1) Motion-activated sprinklers work by spraying water on anything that moves in front of them. The sound and movement from your cat will trigger a spray of water from the sprinkler head.

2) Use motion-activated sprinklers to keep dogs out of certain areas of your yard. A dog’s curiosity and desire to play with the water may cause him to run through the sprinkler when it turns on, causing him to get wet and discouraged from returning to that area again.

3) Motion-activated sprinklers are an effective deterrent because they don’t harm cats or dogs unless they get too close to the device. It is usually not worth risking just a few moments at your flowers or vegetables!

Garden Beds​
Garden Beds​

Light up the Area

Cats are pretty smart animals. They know that they can sneak up on you and catch you by surprise if they can’t see where you are. And the more time you spend on your knees in the garden bed, the more likely it is that one of your cats will follow your scent trail to its end and attack you from behind.

The solution is to light up the area around your garden beds with motion-detecting lights or floodlights. This way, even if a cat does manage to sneak up on you, it will be seen and hopefully scared off before it does any damage.

The downside of this method is that running all those lights every night can be expensive. If you want to spend less on electricity bills and still want some nighttime protection for your garden beds, try using solar-powered lights instead. These lights charge during daylight hours, so they don’t require batteries or electricity at night — place them strategically around your yard and forget about them until morning comes around again!

Cover Beds with Fencing or Netting

One way to keep cats out of your flower beds is to cover them with fencing or netting. This will make it difficult for them to climb into the bed, but it will also block sunlight from getting through. When sunlight doesn’t reach plants in a garden bed, they don’t grow as well as if exposed to light. So, if you want your flowers and vegetables to thrive, there are better options for keeping cats out of your beds. However, if aesthetics are important in your garden bed and you don’t mind sacrificing some plant growth to keep kitties away from your flowers and veggies, then covering beds with fencing or netting may be an option.

Conclusion

Cats are curious, moving from place to place at the slightest urge. When in your garden, they will run from place to place and play with the flowers or dig holes in your flower beds. This is likely because cats need proper exercise to maintain a lean weight and cardiovascular activity. The good news is that there are several ways to steer felines from your garden beds and allow you always to have a beautiful garden.

even

Gardening blogger

Meet Even, a distinguished collaborator at Green Giant. With over a decade of hands-on experience in the niche of raised garden bed cultivation, she brings an unparalleled depth of knowledge to our team. Her expertise, honed over years of experimental gardening, provides an insightful perspective on the practicalities and nuances of this unique form of horticulture.

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