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Tips to Keeping Dogs Out Of Your Garden

Updated on December 2, 2010

If you have dogs that spend time outside and you have a garden, you just may have a problem keeping the two separated.

My mother has always had a large garden and she's almost always had a dog that was constantly in it. This past year, she lots many pears to a blue heeler mix that essentially climbed the tree and plucked the pears herself, but in the past previous dogs have walked through the garden chasing down chipmunks or just checking out what snack is available. She has always had a hard time keeping her dogs out of the garden, sometimes even with a fence all the way arond the garden.

A few years ago, I started growing a small vegetable garden in my backyard. I had the same problem. Even with a chicken wire blocking the produce away from the dogs, they always seemed to find a way in. When my dalmatian was getting up in his years, he liked just rubbing against the produce, which over time killed them and led me without any fruits and vegetables.

Earlier this year, I purchased a Bull Mastiff, who spends half her time outside. She has already pulled young trees out of the ground and has killed bushes and plants by running into them and toying with them. I wasn't able to grow my regular vegetable garden, but I did grow a few potted chili peppers and tomato plants. This upcoming year, I want to be different.

If you opt to put a fence around your garden, make sure that it is tall enough that your dog or other animals cannot jump into the garden.
If you opt to put a fence around your garden, make sure that it is tall enough that your dog or other animals cannot jump into the garden.

Keep Animals Out of Garden

When trying to grow a vegetable garden, it's important to find a location that has proper lighting, soil drainage, and shade. You want to be able to keep birds, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and other animals out of the garden, but you don't want to starve the garden of anything that it needs for growth.

A few simple tips that you can consider include:

  • Fake owls, scarecrows, and other bird deterrents to keep birds out.
  • Use smelly bars of soap to keep deer out of the garden.
  • Set up a single string fence around the garden and tie aluminum pie pans to it to keep raccoons out.
  • Sprinkle bacon grease on the outside of your garden to keep rabbits out.
  • Sprinkle ground up black pepper, chili pepper, hot peppers, or Cayenne peppers around the garden and your vegetables to keep raccoons and most other animals out of the garden.

Keep Dogs Out of Garden

If you're not so worried about the wild animals, but your own dog or other dogs that may have access to your home garden, here are a few tips that you may want to keep in mind. And, if all else fails, you can always set up a secure fence around the garden with a gate that you can enter through.

  • Purchase a product that is developed to repel animals. These repellents work great at keeping animals from your garden and from around your home. These come in granular form and last about 3 months. These products work well if your dog is chasing other animals into the garden.
  • Purchase alum powder and sprinkle it around your bushes or flowers that your dog likes the most. Alum powder is safe to sprinkle around the plants in your garden.
  • If your dog is digging specific plants in the garden, sprinkle moth crystals around your garden and cover the moth crystals with a layer of dirt.
  • Bury a cotton ball that has been dipped in oil of cloves just below the surface of the ground or flowerpot. Make sure that the cotton ball is barely covered by the soil.
  • Use chicken wire to surround your garden or to surround specific plants. Make sure that the wire is high enough that your dog won't be able to jump over or insert a foot underneath.

A good thing to keep in mind is that dog's mimic behaviors of other dogs, animals, and even people, so if your dog(s) regularly see you digging in the garden, they may try it themselves. If you can, put your dog in the house or away when you need to plant and work in your garden, so that your dog doesn't get any ideas that he may not be having yet.

Left- partially fenced garden; Right- garden after the dogs destroyed it
Left- partially fenced garden; Right- garden after the dogs destroyed it | Source


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