If you have a pet cat or strays in your neighborhood, having a safe cat repellent for your garden is a necessity. Cats love our gardens almost as much as we do. The soft soil gardeners create by tilling and adding amendments is very attractive to felines since it’s easy for them to scratch and mound up. The plants also provide them with a perfect camouflaged area in which they can relieve themselves while keeping an eye on their surroundings.
Gardeners are not happy to discover their beloved pet cats or neighborhood stray cats have been using the garden as a litter box. Feline excrement harms the growing plants, not to mention the odor the excrement leaves behind.
Another issue is that cats, being natural predators, can chase away helpful insects, toads, and birds. These helpful insects, toads and birds need to feel safe so they can stay in your garden to protect your plants, fruits, and vegetables.
Personally, I love cats, but I know they’re not helpful for your garden, so it’s best to implement some safe and natural cat repellent options to protect your hard work.
Safe Cat Repellent Options for Your Garden
Try some of these natural ways to keep cats out of the garden so you, the plants and the cats can live together in harmony. None of these options will harm your cats or your neighborhood cats.
Certain plants produce scents that cause cats to keep their distance. Marigolds are one such plant, they produce pretty flowers with pungent odors that cats dislike. Plant marigolds (which come in several varieties and colors) around the perimeter of your garden to deter cats, dogs and other small pests from entering the garden. Cats also dislike the smell of lavender, rue and pennyroyal. Include these scent-producing plants around the garden perimeter to keep felines at bay and prevent other pests from infiltrating the garden.
If the garden is large, consider planting the above cat-repelling plants throughout the garden as well as around the perimeter.
Cats also despise the scent of any type of citrus, so save all orange, lemon, etc., peels and scatter throughout the garden. The citrus peels will deter cats now and decompose to improve garden soil later.
Natural Rough Mulch
Cats prefer to walk on soft, smooth surfaces; that is one reason they find garden soil so appealing. Use rough mulch to make garden beds less attractive to them and to improve plant health.
Natural rough mulch includes small twigs, nut hulls and pine cones. These organic mulch items will keep cat paws out of garden and will slowly decompose and add nutrients to soil.
Natural Cat-Away Spray
To make an effective and natural cat repellent spray recipe that will send cats running away from garden plants, combine the following ingredients; Place 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 teaspoon each of black pepper, dry mustard and ground cinnamon in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of citrus essential oil, fill spray bottle to the top with water and shake well. Spray on garden plants and soil as needed to repel cats without harm to plants or felines.
Cats can make great house pets, but they’re not great garden companions. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve used any of these cat repellents and if they’ve worked for you. If you have other helpful hints, please feel free to share those as well.
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