Cats can cause all sorts of problems in a garden, from eating your food to leaving unwanted droppings in the garden. Keep cats away from your plants with help from a professional landscape designer in this free video.
Hi, I'm Marci Degman, the aspiring gardener, and today we are going to talk about tips to keep a cat out of the garden. That's not an easy feat. As you can see here around my house was an area where cats like to visit. So what I've done in my garden is I've used a pebble rock mulch. Now the best thing you can do to keep cats out is to make digging difficult. If you have nice fluffy soft new soil they are going to go right for it. They have to dig it's part of their nature so that part is where we can get them. So rock is probably my favorite. I know you don't want to have that on every flower bed but it works here because I've made it into a rock garden. It helps with the drainage and it does other things as well. And this is really hot over here so this works really well. Another thing that I've talked to other gardeners about is that people are using a lot of this filbert shell mulch. Any kind of mulch that's a little bit sharp like this is going to help keep cats out. This is pretty rough, you can break it down a little bit smaller if you want. But that's definitely worked and I've talked to many gardeners that have done this. The other thing that you can do is you can sprinkle cayenne pepper. It doesn't hurt the cat, it will just make the cat back out. I've done this before temporarily but it is going to go away when it rains. So if you want to use cayenne pepper in an area where you just want to keep them out for a little bit until the plants get larger then you can do that. I don't think it's cruel. I've never seen a real problem. They'll probably sneeze a little bit but this is more of a temporary fix. If you are still having trouble you may want to apply a couple of these things together. That's really the best way. There's no other humane way to keep them out. So if you are having problems with cats in your garden use something rough, or something that's hard to dig and they'll back up and leave. So there are good tips for keeping the cat out of the garden.