PET lovers who like gardening bitterly realize at one point that pets can wreak havoc to gardens. But because pets need outdoor time, providing plants with layers of protection could be the only way to keep the garden safe from naughty paws.
The garden provides the right canvas for dogs and cats to unleash their natural desire to dig and pull. If not corrected, these behaviors would not stop until there is no garden left.
Cats love to play around and chase each other up and down plants and trees. They also love to sleep on or under the plants, even making a nest sometimes out of soft, easily bendable plants.
But the most destructive thing pets could do to a plant is to pee or poop on it regularly. Dogs' urine are quite acidic while cats' urine have ammonia.
Good thing there are simple “home remedies” to stop pets from turning the garden into a jungle gym.
First off is an anti-cat mat from Japanese budget stores like Saizen or Daiso. The anti-cat plastic mat is designed to repel cats with its prickly needle points. It can be installed around a plant that needs to be protected from marauding pets.
The mats have rings at the corner so they can be connected or linked together. They are available in black, grey and light brown.
Screens can also be used to provide barriers between your pet and your plants. Just make sure they are installed sturdy enough to effectively fence up the plant that needs protection.
Hanging potted plants also help keep them off harm's way. Alternatively, gardeners can grow some thorny plants to act as the first line of defense against pets.
It would also help a lot to train pets not to disturb the garden by routinely reprimanding them if they ever do so.
Next, we will turn the table and discuss how you can protect your pets from threats and dangers lurking in the garden.