How do I stop the neighbor's cat from digging up my garden?

Patricia Ryan
by Patricia Ryan
How do I stop the cat from digging up my garden. Tried, spray warn off cats, no dosnt work, orange peel is so hard to get and I don’t want to waste any more money. Put weed mat on dirt around the garden, great but he still digs at the mulch.

  9 answers
  • Susan Pribula Susan Pribula on Jul 03, 2018
    We had that problem with our garden and we put mothballs around. It kept them away.

  • Bmasecar Bmasecar on Jul 04, 2018
    HI had a similar problem at a client garden site. Tried many things with little effect. I finally resorted to spreading clippings from rose bushes on the ground. The problem went away quite quickly. I removed the clippings shortly after and the issue has not returned.

  • Frances Brockman Frances Brockman on Jul 04, 2018
    We had this problem only under our front deck...pee-u!! I used moth balls and it helped but then they have a smell of their own also which, to me, is rather unpleasant. I then found some large bags of dried chili peppers, smashed them up and used gloves to spread them out (also wear a mask!). Worked for one season but needed to do it every year. Finally, I bought river rock and put a thick layer under the porch and they don't bother anymore and weeds are not a problem because it is always in the shade.

  • Terry Lynn Terry Lynn on Jul 04, 2018
    I had this problem years ago. I made raised plant beds and put chicken wire over the top. Kept the cats out and easy to pull up and put new plants in following years.

  • Patricia Ryan Patricia Ryan on Jul 04, 2018
    Wow. Thank you.

  • Alice Alice on Jul 04, 2018
    I had the same problem with my flower beds in the front of the house. I threw out orange and lemon peels...worked wonders !!!

    Cats dislike the smell of rue, lavender and pennyroyal, Coleus canina and lemon thyme — you could plant a few of these throughout the garden. As a bonus, interplanting will attract pollinators and can help to avoid pests too. Cats steer clear of strong citrus scents.

  • Rbr8807250 Rbr8807250 on Jul 04, 2018

  • Patricia Ryan Patricia Ryan on Jul 04, 2018
    I will buy some and give it a try.