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stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 15:55

Hope your day has gone well! I got soaked, moved LOTS of plants, pots, saw lots of very nice customers today, which isn't always the norm!, & it's all to do again tomorrow & monday. Ho hum, that's life.

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 04:57

Strange you should mention B&Q......! It can be a hard, dirty, wet job, not just plants to deal with. Also pots, composts, aggregates, fencing, etc. It is varied but sometimes you'd just like a day where things go smoothly, about Oct that'll be, lol.We have a street cat called Blackie. She's got a lovely home, is well fed, but insists on living on the st. She visits most houses for nibbles, sleeps in the gutter of the road, despite having easy access to her own home (and various snuggle boxes set up in peoples front gardens, for her!). She's a little, straggly, sweetie who is loved by the whole st. Got home from work one day to find her & 2 baby seagulls, curled up asleep on my neighbours path. The parent birds weren't bothered by it, at all!

 

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 05:37

I know how frustrating it is for people to find the 'deposits' left by cats, but they are, in essence, wild animals with a very thin veneer of domesticity layered on top. They are trainable, with perserverance & kindness, but so many hate cats & go mad at them, instigating a cats natural 'buggerance mode'! Working in a Garden Centre is (usually) good, but, as it's a diy store one, you don't get much chance for individuality (frowned on as not being how the company does it), but my friend & I do our best. We're also not above sending a customer elsewhere if we don't have a particular plant or product in stock....we find people come back more, if they realise you want to help rather than just take as much money as possible off them. We have our own visiting cats within the GC, as well as a resident robin & wren, who have been with us for 14 yrs since our store opened (obviously not the same ones, but you get the picture!) Our Robins have been the funniest. 1st one used to sit on the artificial Xmas trees & sing to the customers, frightened the living daylights out of a few! The present one sits on the shelves by the door to the greenhouse, chittering till we open it, so he can help himself to the seed we sell. the previous one was a little cleverer...he used to fly past the door sensor to open it himself.

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 23:08

My Mischief is a 5kg elephant who thinks she's a dainty little flower herself, she's the one that will only use the nice clean indoor litter trays! The other 2 are a tiny, tabby tornado, Zola, and a laid back Birman called Sasha (AKA Dylan from the Magic Roundabout). All rescues, all loved & pampered, all heavily belled against catching birds! Love my felines, love my garden...I also work in gardening so it's not just a relaxing hobby for me.

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 22:52

Used zoo poo for a while, as a soil conditioner. Same principle of sterile big cat poo turned into a compost/conditioner. As I have more than enough soil in my garden, adding more became a problem! I spotted an ad online for Silent Roar, thought it couldn't hurt to try. The only place it's needed now is on the borders at the front. My trio have scent marked their garden boundary which keeps other cats away. Having their own 'external' litter tray in the dug over patch helps in that respect. I always wear gloves when gardening, anyway, & disposable ones when cleaning up after the two that do toilet outside.

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 22:21

I have 3 cats, 3 large, covered litter trays, indoors, & a small section of my garden, at the back, which I keep dug over & 'patrolled' regularly. Their bit of garden is nicely dug over & loose, which makes it easy to keep clean. 1 of my cats will only use the litter trays....doesn't like the nasty, dirty soil on her paws, the other 2 use my dug over patch as well as the trays. To encourage them to use that area at first, I included a little of their cat litter, for them to get the idea. My neighbours have all been asked to keep an eye out for my lot, & if they look like they may be about to toilet, spray them with a water pistol or the hosepipe. To prevent toxoplasmosis, cats (&dogs) need to be wormed every 3 months, which mine are. They're also called in, before it gets dark, & the catflaps locked. Silent Roar is a big cat based product which I find effective, as well. It is a small clay granule, impregnated with the scent of big cats urine (lions, tigers, etc). It will last at least a month unless there is torrential rain to wash the scent away. It is sterile, so not harmful, & biodegradeable.

 

Eucalyptus Tree - should it stay or go?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 07:45

The eucalyptus has 2 types of leaves, juvenile & adult. The leaves that everyone likes are the juvenile, round ones. The tree can be kept coppiced so it needs cutting hard back, at least every 2 yrs. My neighbours wasn't & it turned into a 30 ft monster in 5 yrs, with optimum growing conditions!...Mind, when she had it cut down, the wood is wonderful for burning, difficult to season for woodworking though. On my other side, my neighbour just had her bay tree(s) cut down. Started off as one tree that suckered & also turned into a 40 ft monster. The difficulty is now getting the stump out, 4 ft diameter due to the many suckers joining together. She also has a collapsed drain because of the roots. Advice if you want either of these trees? Keep them potted! When they get too big, find out if there is someone with the land (like an Arboretum) who would like them, nearby. They're beautiful trees, in the right environment!

Electricity Pole

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 07:59

Horse chestnuts line a residential rd near me. Couple of yrs ago, 2 died & were cut down. This yr have seen another 2 dead in the street, & most of the others really haven't done well this year. Don't think they're the best as street trees (bit like lime trees, their sap is a problem for vehicles) as they really can't get enough water due to pavements & rds. They seem to have gotten worse since our local council has started removing paving slabs on the pavements & replacing it with tarmac. Only my point of view, but maybe one of the stressers for these wondrful trees is thirst, which leaves them susceptible to every bug & fungal infection going...or is that the local councils game?

 

Talkback: Bumblebee rescue

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:36
I work in a garden centre, & they all laugh at me when I collect up wet, cold bees (usually bumble bees), bring them to some of the flowering plants we have under cover. I usually have some kitchen towel or tissue to set them on, if they're really soggy. Once they've dried off a little, I try to get them onto an open flower, in the sun (when we have some!) I didn't know about the sugar solution myself, but I may arm myself with a small bottle of it for future use. I often get asked why I'm not scared of the bees when I'm sorting through the flowering plants (rhododendrons,lavender & scabious being the most heavily visited)& I explain that I think they know I'm not trying to hurt them.
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