Five Ways to Protect Your Yard from Wildlife

We’ve lived in our lil’ dream home for almost 3 years now. Just over an acre of land that backs up to a wooded preserve. Sounds nice, right? We DO love it, but it presents its own set of challenges, one called WILDLIFE that we were reminded of over the weekend. Not only did we find part of our new landscaping removed (and raccoon paw-prints everywhere), but we also heard multiple coyotes howling just beyond the tree line after dark. Sandhill cranes, hawks, snakes and the occasional loose cow are all a pretty common sight in our yard, so we have to take some extra precautions to keep our property safe for the twins!

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Maybe you can relate? If your landscaping is lavish and green, chances are you get intruders who pick on your plants or come to quench their thirst on you water fountain. Whereas, this spectacle brings life to your yard, the critters can destroy your pricey investment. For example, a squirrel may burrow onto your underground tubing and start a leak. Fixing such a leak may require that you remodel your backyard, which is quite expensive. How then do you protect your yard from such intrusive wildlife?

Plant Garlic Alongside Your Flower Plants

Yes, small animals, especially squirrels and raccoons detest the smell of garlic. As they come for your flowers at night, the garlic cloves will deter them from causing more damage. With time, these intelligent creatures will now which yards have garlic and will always avoid them. Besides, it’s a great way to grow your own garlic and enjoy cooking from farm to pan. 

Use A Pepper Spray As Your Pesticide

A mix of water and cayenne pepper is an effective pesticide on your fruit plants and vegetables. It also works to keep small animals off your vegetable garden. If you have difficulties controlling crawling insects in your yard, you can also spray the pepper mixture at the base of your plants. Still, remember to wash off the pepper from your leafy vegetables and fruits upon harvest. What if your homemade pesticide seems inadequate? Then, liaise with a pest control expert like Pest Control Johns Creek. They will prescribe a useful measure for your yard. 

Hide Your Blossoms

As the flowers form bulbs, they tend to attract the small animals like the skunks and squirrels. They see these bulbs from far, then come digging their way into your yard. To discourage the intruders, get an old fabric and cover the emerging bulbs until when you know they want to bloom.

Apply Mulches To Your Garden

Mulches nourish your vegetable plants. Also, they work towards retaining the soil nutrients as you water your flower beds. But did you know that you can apply mulches to deter insects and wildlife from your yard? Yes. It is an easy and effective way to keep deer, rabbits, and squirrels from destroying your growing plants. 

Use Animal Scents Around Your Yard

Do you keep pets in your home? If so, use your pets’ scent to deter wildlife into your yard. Now, if your dog’s kennel is in your yard, then that will sort out the issue. But, if your cats and dogs stay indoors with you, you can still use them to deter animals trespassing into your garden. Do this by scattering the dog’s hair all over the flower garden. Alternatively, you can have the dog play in the yard during the day. This way, it will leave behind its scent which will keep wildlife away. Indeed, most wildlife avoid any areas with human interactions. They can pick up the pet’s scent and hide away.

There are other ways of protecting your yard like erecting an electric fence. And, if you struggle with wild birds, you can put reflectors near your water features. Indeed, you don’t have to kill the intrusive wildlife using chemicals. Use the above chemical-free ways to get rid of them from your yard. 

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

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