How do I keep animals out of my outside pot plants?


Suggestions on what I can put in my outside pot plants to keep animals out of them?

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Apr 01, 2019

    Hi Sue, chicken wire cut and placed around the base of the plants and then covered with soil will stop critters from digging.

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    • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Apr 01, 2019

      Hi Sue, I had the same problem last year! My chipmonks and squirrels kept digging out my flowers and burying sunflower seeds. It was pretty funny when all the seeds started sprouting, I ended with sunflowers all over the place!

  • William William on Apr 01, 2019

    Cayenne pepper, Chili powder. May need to reapply.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 01, 2019

    chicken wire either on top of dirt for plants to grow up/thru it or cut pieces to go around base of plants in pots.

  • Sue Vandervoort Sue Vandervoort on Apr 01, 2019

    Thanks for's been a battle keeping the squirrel's from digging in the pots and throwing the plant out.. I tried foil and paper plates but they only play with them. Will try this as soon as I put them out for the summer. Some of my plants are really old and I don't want to lose over 25 yrs. Have a blessed day.

  • Heather Heather on Apr 01, 2019

    My grandmother is a firm believer in grated Irish Spring soap in her flower beds to keep deer and rabbits away.

  • Susie Zitzler Susie Zitzler on Apr 01, 2019


  • Tina Brady Tina Brady on Apr 01, 2019

    Use some essential oils on a cotton ball or use those cedar pieces of wood for closets & drawers. Had some old ones that didn't smell any more, soaked them in a (Carrier) oil like (coconut, olive, cooking oil) nothing real expensive. Wal-Mart sells a really good essential oils (Gurunanda) not real expensive. Citionella,Geranium or the best so far, but any type of strong citrus flavor lemon,lime,orange,grapefruit. (1tsp) of carrier oil & (1drop) of essential oil. Shake essential oil before use, mix the 2 oils together (stir or shake) according to what it was put in. Let sit for 5mins shake an use. Put a drop or 2 on a cotton ball or wood chunks. Place on top of plant dirt, water beads off when watering. Going to try popcicle sticks & Bamboo skews this year, soaking the ends of sticks in mixture. You can also wipe the rim of pot with mixture. This really works, have 5 animals (2) indoor porch cats, (3) dogs different age range. They have all been trained by this method, (1) sniff they sneeze & give dirty look to plant. Few days later attempt to try again, they don't have to get as close to catch a sniff and it stops there, until they decide check it again just to see. According to animal how long & how much smell you think you need. If you make a larger mixture to keep on hand, store in a dark colored glass out direct light in cool place. Cabinet is good. Added some essential Cedar Wood oil & Carrier oil to some of the old cedar chunks and refurbish them.

    • Oliva Oliva on Apr 02, 2019

      Great idea! The bamboo sticks could even be used to "skewer" the oil soaked cotton balls, to keep them better secured in the garden/planters. Thank you!

  • Tina Brady Tina Brady on Apr 01, 2019

    By the way those same oils will help keep bugs away when sitting on porch.

  • River rocks. They are too heavy for them to move. Easy, quick, cheap and non toxic.

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