How to Keep Nibblers From Your Garden!
Tell Bambi the salad bar is closed with a sprinkling of some strong smelling soap!
I can't guarantee it will work for everyone (or every species...we primarily have deer and rabbits), but I can say that when we've had hostas and DIDN'T use the soap we went to bed with beautiful foliage, and woke up to lonely leaf stems.
Head to the supermarket and buy a 12-pack of soap.
Then, spread some 'Spring around your garden!
How far it goes depends on the size of your garden and how liberally you spread it. We apply it as shown above, then just add a little more on occasion to freshen the scent.
REGARDING THE SOAP/SOIL QUESTIONS:
I called a local cooperative extension to clarify.
The helpful person noted that she also uses soap to protect her own plants with success...but thought that "excessive" use over a period of 10 years might have some effect. She did not think it was harmful to the plants.
REGARDING RABBITS, GROUNDHOGS, MICE, ELK, SKUNKS, SLUGS, LIZARDS ETC:
WOW! Ya'll have some variety of wildlife :) I'm sorry that some of your questions were beyond my experience. I didn't answer at first hoping that someone with additional experience or info might jump in (and thank you to those who did)...so sorry if anyone thought I was ignoring them. All I can say is we've been thrilled with this remedy where we've used it...and by many of the supportive comments, so have a lot of you. Happy Gardening!
Katheleen on Sep 25, 2022
I've done this for years now. It worked well but I have to "change up" with mouthballs for a few weeks than back to soap agin. They seem to get very who cares if I just use the soap. Now what do I do for all the chipmunk s? They'er destroying my bags of pellets we heat our home with. And something loves to munch on my Irish Spring! In the a.m. the one half bar I set out is always knawed on. For pet sacks give me a brack!!!