Keeping Pests out of Your Garden Naturally
There are many non-toxic products on the market today to keep out unwanted guests; deer, raccoons, chipmunks, skunks, the neighborhood kids. The best, of coarse is a tall fence. But if that is not an option, here are a few other ideas to try.
Keep in mind, you must continue to try different things, changing your m.o. (modus operandi) from time to time. If one tactic works well for awhile, eventually the garden pests will catch-on. They will realize there is no "real threat" and will come back for more - with their friends!
- Human hair. Tie into bundles or put it in some old pantyhose, place these bundles around your yard so the critters smell humans. It is best if the people haven’t washed their hair before hand, have used hair spray, and other hair products. The more human the hair smells, the better.
- There are also some herbs you can plant to deter certain pests. Try planting strong smelling herbs: rosemary, dill, or mint to deter deer, they don’t like the strong smells.
- Plant garlic to keep squirrels and chipmunks out of your garden, the smell will repel them.
- Provide another place for them to eat, their own feeding spot away from your garden.
- Put a motion sensor on your water hose or lawn sprinklers so that a deer entering your yard triggers the sprinklers. This will often be enough to scare them away.
- Hang noisemakers on posts around your garden.
- Try putting an old sweaty shirt out in the garden (again, the plan is to have the pests smell human odor and get scared off).
- Place netting over individual beds to keep out the deer. And it doesn't have to be tough, just there, deer do not like netting touching their nose.
- You can place rags that have been sprayed with Avon™ Skin So Soft Bath Oil around both your vegetable and flower gardens to keep all kinds of animals and other pests away. (Note: This could keep bees away and hinder pollination)
- There are a few other ideas out there -some however, are gross & unsanitary so we do not recommend them.
As you can see, there are many schools of thought on ways to keep pests out of your garden, but none are likely to work every time. The key is to try different things, keeping one step ahead of "them". IT'S THE CHALLENGE OF EVERY GARDENER