Gardening is a wonderful hobby and seeing your prized blossoms bloom in full glory is indeed a rewarding experience. Growing your favourite flowers and herbs needs a lot of hard work and keeping animal pests away is equally challenging. Here are some effective ways of keeping your garden free of animals that can wreak havoc on the growth of your flowering plants.
Construct a fence around the garden to defend plants from nasty animals that may trespass through the space. Fences work well and are expensive to install but they work as permanent solutions. The cost will depend on the type of fence material you choose. Another effective way of keeping the pests away is to eliminate nesting and other areas where burrowing animals or other mammals can hide. Use temporary solutions such as repellents like castor oil, garlic clips, and hot peppers to keep the pesky animals away from your prized blooms.
Visual and auditory scare devices are also available in the market to repel animals. They include motion-activated water sprayers, noise makers, and ultrasonic repellers. You can also use flash tapes and colourful balloons that move with the wind. However, the pests may become accustomed to these devices over a period of time and you may need to think up new ways or keep alternating between strategies.
Individual wired enclosures are available on the market for covering saplings, low growths such as lettuce and strawberries, and shrubs from nibbling and burrowing animals. While wild cats and stray dogs can be a big nuisance to your plants, keeping the tamed kind as pets can be a good idea for checking the activityof furry animals.
If a particular animal has been repeatedly been proving a menace, consider keeping a trap to catch it. Release it in a rural area away from your home. Moles are burrowing animals that don’t harm the shoot portion of plants. However, they work a tunnel system to prevent the plants from getting enough nutrients from the soil. Put moth balls in their holes to shoo them away.
Animals usually dislike strong-scented soaps and you can tie some of them in cheesecloths all over the garden. To prevent the bulbs of daffodils, scilla, and daffodils, you can try placing chicken wire over your flower beds. Rodents find hair repulsive and you can sprinkle cat or dog hair. Likewise, you can sprinkle chicken manure fertiliser on the soil since furry animals like squirrels loathe its smell.
When your flowering plants are your prized possessions, you are bound to do anything to defend them from the threats posed by animal pests.
3 pets that can cause any type of damage to the plans:
1. Insect - These are important and major pests. Insects are tricky and cause damage in different ways like sucking sap from plants, biting plant parts attacking roots etc.
2. Mites - They suck the sap from the plant and attack the crops in huge number.
3. Birds - Birds attack the crop plants and eat grains.