If cats are gaining entry to your flower garden, there are steps you can take. These include installing a cat fence, using motion-activated sprinklers and placing a scarecrow.
Use physical barriers such as chicken wire or netting to protect your flowers. Or cover them with spiky hedge plants like holly, pyracantha or blackberry bushes for further security.
Install a cat fence
Installing a cat fence in your garden is an effective and simple way to shield plants from feline invaders. While not as effective as other options such as restricting access or using repellent sprays, cat fencing remains an effective means of keeping cats out. Not only will this method prevent any damages to plants but it’ll also keep cats from visiting parts of your yard that you would prefer remain undisturbed by felines.
Motion-activated sprinklers can also be a good solution. These devices use sensors to detect movement, then release a burst of water when activated to startle cats and prevent them from accessing your flower bed. Installing such an installation is quick and affordable; plus it can easily be reactivated when necessary.
Use chicken wire or netting to deter cats from reaching your flowers, creating barriers angled at their top edges to make it harder for cats to jump over them and onto them.
Use motion-activated sprinklers
Motion-activated sprinklers can be an effective and economical way to deter cats without harming them. Emitting bursts of water when movement is detected in your garden, these devices provide enough of a surprise that even brave felines are deterred by them. Easy installation and cost efficiency also make these options viable choices; additionally they may deter other animals such as raccoons and skunks!
Other ways of keeping cats away from flower gardens include placing sticks and stones in the soil, using cat repellent spray that’s safe for both cats and plants, or spraying citrus peels with mothballs around their perimeter garden. You could also try protecting specific flower beds and vegetable patches using chicken wire or roll-up fencing; additionally, planting coarse mulch and prickly shrubs may make it harder for cats to dig through your flowers.
Place a scarecrow
Scarecrows are an old-fashioned yet effective way to keep cats away from flower gardens. Cost-effective and accessible, scarecrows remind cats that certain areas are off-limits while protecting blooms from insects and weeds.
Building the frame for a scarecrow requires starting with its construction. Any sturdy pole or dowel that is tall enough will do. Be sure to insert them deeply into the soil to ensure stability of the scarecrow.
Once the frame is in place, clothing can be added for an authentic appearance. Milk jugs, old footballs and stuffed hessian sacks make great heads; you can craft one out of various materials including tin foil, strips of plastic or CDs; for an audible rattle in the wind you could also string aluminum pie pans or bells around its neck and body for the scarecrow to wear!
For your scarecrow to remain effective, it should be moved periodically. Otherwise, cats and other animals may get used to perching upon it, which may prevent its effectiveness as intended.
Use cat repellent spray
Cat repellent sprays are an effective and safe solution to keep cats out of your garden. The spray uses substances which cats find repulsive; while also safe for plants and pets. Plus, its effectiveness even during extreme temperatures allows you to use it on various surfaces such as garbage cans or furniture!
As well as using plastic spike mats like the CatScat mat to keep cats out, other deterrents such as stone mulch or sharp pine cones may help. To further discourage cats from coming near your garden, there are also other non-lethal deterrents you can try such as plastic spike mats with plastic spikes designed to bother cats without harming them – these may also work to deter cats!
As another option, an odor-free cat deterrent such as dried mustard, coffee grounds and rosemary is another effective method to ward off cats from your flower beds. Their pungent smell acts as an effective deterrent as well as being beneficial to soil quality. You could also try installing motion activated sprinklers which will scare them off when they enter your flowerbeds.