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Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:47

These are the practical tips I can offer- they have ok worked in my garden. For what it's worth, I love cats but don't have any pets at the moment, though when I did own one, it had 4 bells on its collar to warn off the birds and he always pooed in his litter tray, when he was close by. Obviously it's impossible to control what they do if they're further from home when the urge takes them. Hence why I have to guard my patch from unwanted poos, like the next person. It is annoying, I agree, but this does work, so read on:

- cut 20cm or so lengths of bamboo can end sink into the ground, with as much above soil level as possible, wherever you have bare soil or have turned soil over recently. Cats don't tend to dig in compacted soil anyway. These sticks act as a very effective barrier and are cheap to do.

- if you have a larger seed bed or planter, consider covering with a net until plants have grown.

- pepper dust (buy big, cheap bags of powdery grey/black pepper) sprinkle liberally in problem areas, always works but you have to reapply after rain.

- garlic granules also work a treat (can get them in garden ctrs but they are expensive- you can also make up your own garlic spray which wards off many annoying insect pests, plus cats, though this also has to be reapplied after rain).

- consider planting schemes that allow for some sort of ground cover year round, wherever possible - evergreen perennial geraniums like St.Ola, ivy, vinca, Corsican mint etc...it all helps to deter cats as it reduces the amount if visible soil.

- my friends with pet cats tell me that once you own your own cat, other cats are far more reluctant to enter its patch and use it as a loo. I found this to be true years back when I had a moggy. Also, they can be trained to use a tray and mine did.  

- my parents have one of those sonic cat deterrents that work on movement detected - they say it's very good but I can't comment as don't own inept myself.

Probably the most effective deterrent is the bamboo barriers...and a well aimed jet if water from the hose if I'm in the garden - some cats will never return!

 

Free Aqualigia Seeds

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:31

Really kind of you joyce - hoe you get some takers! My garden's too small and jam-packed for anything new right now unfortunately....

Which birds nest is this?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:30

How lovely 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:11

They are a godsend!

Spent years borrowing neighbours hose and lugging watering cans about, then got one installed and it changed everything 

good luck.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:53

Ooh sound amazing Verdun!

please post when they come out.

Joyce- yes, my neighbour has the same problem with her kitchen flooding too! I though you may have an outside tap. Maybe it is a washer....

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:17

Joyce- shame you're not my neighbour...would love to come over and help you water.

Is there any way you could ask somebody to help you, or have a hose installed, which may be easier?

 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:15

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51208.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 

Aaaah this sort of thread always puts a smile on my face - so lovely to see other folk's gardens 

Do you have a photo of your agastache Verdun? Would love to see it!

My star at the moment, in my tiny garden, is a clematis viticella Alba Luxurians


http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51207.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 I think I'll be very sad when it stops flowering....

 

Erodium Bishops Form

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 22:43

Thanks Noodle  

Erodium Bishops Form

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 21:51

Might do VS- it's not all that big though so am a bit worried about splitting it....

Erodium Bishops Form

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 21:46

Will do - tomato feed in the watering can as we speak 

One thing I don't understand though - if they are too lush and being too well looked after, how does feeding them work?

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does it flower in its first year? 
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Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
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Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
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From outdoors to indoors 
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Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
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Plant. ID please!

2 foot tall evergreen shrub rescued 
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Why?? 
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Garden design courses

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