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How to keep a cat out of flower beds

Stray cats can be a huge nuisance for gardeners, especially if they step on flowers and plants. If outdoor cats are using your flower bed as a litter box, there are varieties of ways to keep them out. There are several things you can do to make your flower bed less attractive to cats which will definitely discourage them from drawing closer to those flower beds.

How to keep a cat out of flower beds

PLANT CAT REPELLENTS PLANTS: This is one of the best and easiest remedies to keep cats out of your flower beds. Plant cat repellents that you like but they don’t.  A combination of lemongrass, geranium, lavender, rue, and pennyroyal can discourage them from entering areas where you don’t want them to roam.

They will add color and nice scents to your flower beds which you will find pleasant, but your cats won’t.

SCATTER CITRUS PEELS AROUND: Cats hate the smell of citrus. Spreading dried peels of orange, lime, lemon, grapefruits and other citrus fruits over the soil of the flower bed will not cause any harm to the cats, but the smell will cause them to seek a more appealing area.

MAKE A CAT SANDBOX: Create an alternative outdoor litter box for cats by using a new or old sandbox that is at least as big as a large litter box. Like the cat garden, a sandbox isn’t a deterrent, but rather a lure to give to cats a new place to dig. Fill it with soft, fine-grained sand that cats find attractive.

Cats will be drawn to the sandbox instead of your flower beds and use it much as they would use a litter box.

USE A LOW VOLTAGE WIRE: An electric fence surrounding your flower bed can effectively keep cats out of it. As long as it is a low-voltage, it will not harm the cat but only drives them away. The fence can be raised about 4 inches from the ground and still discourage them from entering your flower beds.

INSTALL MOTION-DETECTING SPRINKLERS: Cats generally don’t like water. You can purchase motion-detecting sprinklers that will spray water on unwanted intruders in your flower bed or garden. An unexpected burst of water is a highly effective deterrent for cats, as most felines dislike getting wet.

USE ULTRASONIC REPELLENT DEVICES: The ultrasonic repeller is another device that can keep cats out of the flower beds. The device will emit an ultrasonic noise that can be heard by cats. These sounds can scare them away completely.

SET UP AN UNWELCOMING SURFACE: Cats like to step on the soft ground surface. You could try to deter cats from entering your flower beds by placing pointy objects along the perimeter of the space. These could include objects like pine, cones, plant stakes, toothpicks, rough-textured mulch, pebbles, and stones.

USE DRIED HERBS OR SCENTED OILS: If you do not want to plant herbs or other plants that cats cannot stand, you could scatter dried versions or sprinkle essential oils derived from these plants around your flower beds for the same effect. You can also try rubbing essential oils on the edges of containers with plants or your flower beds.


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