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3 Top Tips for Keeping Those Wild Varmints Out Of Your Garden

Updated on June 17, 2012

If you have ever tried to grow a garden you may know about the headache of having to go out and make sure that you still have a crop left. It seems no matter where you live, the little wild creatures of the area hone in on all of your fresh produce as soon as it is getting time to pick. This can be frustrating for most as we work hard to cultivate our garden so that we can reap the most from our efforts. So what can you do to keep those little pests away and still be humane?

1. Add some mulch. Straw mulch is relatively cheap and works well for keeping rabbits, moles, gophers, voles, and deer away from your bounty. It is also a good way to keep your garden moist and cool, and reduces the growth of weeds. It will also decompose and become plant food.

2. Plant things they don't like mixed in with what they do like and they may decide it isn't worth the effort to go digging around. Good things to plant are garlic, lavendar, chives, onions, catnip, marigolds and scallions. Planting a double row of onions for example acts as a perimeter in which most pests will stay clear of.

3. If you have the space, you could always plant a separate little area on the other side of your yard with things that bunnies in particular really like such as wild strawberries, clover, goldenrod, dandelions, alfalfa, wildflowers and long grass. If these furry little guys see something that looks like their own little heaven, they will more than willingly head on over there and forget your garden.

There are many other things you can try to keep these pests from eating up all of your bounty but you may have to try a few things before you find the one that works the best for all critters involved. Try putting some fake snakes in amongst your crop, or even a fake owl for these often work well to deter some animals. Putting a layer of cat litter or fox urine around the outside of your garden(to avoid contaminating your food with harmful bacteria), is also known to have good results.

In no instance should you ever try to trap these animals with things such as metal traps or vices. They are only trying to live just as they have always done. Every animal has the right to live just like you or I do. Even if you were to just capture the animal safely and move it to a new location, this could end up being harmful as you are taking the animal away from safety and into the open arms of predators or other unknowns.

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