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Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:54

Sorry Pottering   I was responding to the post before yours.  

I do agree that some people seem not to be embarrassed or concerned about their cat's soiling and damage to other people's gardens, let alone the harm done to wildlife.  On the other hand some owners do go to a lot of trouble to prevent as much cat-trouble as they can.  When we had cats we kept them in at night and provided them with litter trays outside in our garden which they used. This protected our flowerbeds and our neighbours said that our pets rarely soiled their garden.  

Our next door neighbours have cats - we chase them out of the back garden and they're getting the message - helped by the fact that one of them performed it's usual leap over the hostas, not knowing that we'd dug and filled a pond on the other side! We've not seen that cat in the garden again   However, I always protect newly sown areas with wire netting laid over the top to be on the safe side.

When we came here the front garden was all grass, but since we dug a border it's received attentions from a cat from across the road.  Now that the border is planted up it's 'performing' on the lawn over night.  Not pleasant but removable with a plastic bag in the morning. 

Cats are more difficult to 'control' than dogs and other domestic pets, and I think that has been accepted over the years in exchange for their role in keeping down rats and mice within communities. Now cats are too well-fed to need to hunt and yet many of them are still let out at nights where they are vulnerable to foxes and traffic.  I used to drive for my job, and certainly the feline traffic casualties that I saw were always in the very early morning.  

Cats don't need to be outside at night.  I wish their owners would keep them in. Members of my family have cats - they never go out at night and are perfectly happy and healthy cats. 

planting bulbs

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:34

Bulbs are living things, even when they're dormant and they need to grow.  I can't imagine that they're anything other than soft and rotten now. Compost them. Buy some more .......... and plant them 

Landscaping my garden

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:30

I'd rather have nice paving than decking - decking just provides somewhere that you can't get at for rats to live and for weeds to grow.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:26

I don't know about the others, but rabbits and deer could have done that.  As long as the growing point of the parsnips didn't get eaten then they'll still grow - but I suspect your visitors will return - can you fix some better protection?  Perhaps some netting , but if you use netting keep it taut and inspect it regularly to prevent small birds from becoming entangled and getting injured or dying. 

Good luck 


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:11

Good morning all 

A bit of paperwork to do this morning then I need to get organised - friend arriving Friday to stay for the weekend - I have to plan a menu for the weekend and cook some of it and make stuff for the Foodie Picnic we're attending on Sunday - and I have to get the house spick and span.

And of course there's bits to do in the garden, but they may have to wait!  

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:04

Ask your neighbours to provide their cats with a large sand tray under cover in their own garden, and keep it regularly cleaned and filled.  Hopefully they will use that more than they use your garden, especially if you get a Contech water scarecrow - have a look on Amazon - their reviews look good.

It'll be much easier to train your neighbours' cats while they're still new to the area. 


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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 21:28

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tree disease Laburnum

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:07

I can't see what the soil is like there - could it possibly be waterlogged -  laburnums hate that. 

pruning honeysuckle vine

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:46

There are different varieties of honeysuckle that bloom at different times of the year.  Lonicera Belgica flowers early on and L. Serotina flowers about now.  You could grow both - and then there are others that flower through the summer - L. Graham Thomas is one of my absolute favourites with a beautiful scent. You could grow that one as well.  I grow all threee 

Help !!!

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:41

Could they be oleander?

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