Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Keeping Cats Out of Your Garden

novembre 14Yes, I know: you love your cat. It’s an absolute darling and would never cause any problems. Your neighbor’s cat, though, that’s a different story. It’s noisy, stinky… and somehow it feels your garden is the world’s very best litter box. And that is starting to make gardening very unsanitary.

But you can keep your neighbor’s cat out of your garden. You just have to think like a cat!

Cats love comfort and will quickly change their minds about a litter area if it no longer meets their requirements. Here are some tips for making your garden less cat-friendly:

• Keep the spot very wet by watering repeatedly: cats hate getting their paws wet;

• Cover their favorite haunt with chicken wire. Cats can’t scratch the ground when it’s covered with metallic mesh, nor do they even like walking on it… but plants will grow through the mesh as if it weren’t there;

• Cover the spot with dog hair: Kitty won’t like that one bit! If you don’t have a pooch, ask a dog grooming salon for a couple of handfuls;

• Cover the spot with rough or even prickly mulch: bark, pine cones, spruce branches, prickly rose clippings, sharp gravel, etc.

You see: you can live with your neighbor’s cat! Now if only they kept their pet anaconda indoors!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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