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Asked on May 23, 2019

How do I get rid of animals in my garden?

CindyBrittany @by Brittany Goldwyn


I was wondering if anyone out there could give me some natural deterrents on keeping (mainly) cats & dogs from using my gardens as bathroom areas? I have no pets ... Luv them 2 death ... But not in my flowers & gardens. No one claims responsibility. I'm told moth balls/flakes would be unhealthy. Please help

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  • Cindy
    on May 23, 2019

    I use shredded Irish Spring soap. We live very near woods and the DuPage River, so we see a lot of wildlife. I tried pepper flakes, human hair, fake snakes, and pinwheels. Nothing worked. My veggie garden was like a buffet for wildlife. And then I tried the shredded soap. To my surprise it worked! So now I buy a 12-pack of the soap in the Spring before I put my plants in. I shred all 12 bars and store it in a 5-gallon bucket with lid, in my shed. After I put my plants in I immediately scatter the shredded soap. So that is my recommendation for you. Good luck.

    • Suze
      on May 23, 2019

      What happens when it rains? Doesn't the soap go into the soil? Do you use a wood mulch then put the soap on top?

  • I've heard you can use mixed wet coffee grounds and orange peels spread around the soil.

  • Cindy
    on May 24, 2019

    Hi Suze. It's Cindy again. The rain does melt a very small amount of the soap. I just put a couple extra handfuls of the soap on after rain. The shredded soap has no effect to the plants.

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