We have plenty of tips on spring gardening, but we wanted to elaborate on one important tip—keeping pests out. Gardens take sweat and energy to come to life. There is nothing worse than putting in the hard work and someone else reaping the benefits, namely pests. Your vegetables are yours to give away, and not for thieving animals to take. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to reduce thieves from stealing your bounty. Here are four strategies you can take to protect your garden.
4 Ways to Protect Your Vegetable Garden
1. Vinegar Spray
Making a spray of 50% white vinegar and 50% water works to keep pests at bay. The animals don’t like the smell (to be clear, most humans don’t either). Reapply the mixture after a rainfall. You can even spray rags heavily to hang in the vegetable garden for a stronger scent.
2. Human Hair
Stop throwing away your hair when you clean out your brush. Placing human hair in and around your garden deters pests. The animals smell human and are warned to stay away. It may take some time to collect enough hair to make a difference, so keep a bag handy in the bathroom for when you clean out your hair brush and tell your family members and friends to do so too.
Building a vinyl fence can be very effective in keeping vegetable-thieving animals away from your garden. For a once-and-done application, fences are fantastic for keeping pests away. As you shop for fencing materials, make sure that the fencing is tall enough and the holes are small enough for this project. You also don’t want fencing that blocks your sunlight. Fencing is also a super effective way to prevent thieves.
The family dog is sometimes an excellent way to keep pests out of your garden—as the scent and presence of a dog will often deter other animals from entering your yard. However, this will largely depend on your pet’s personality. In some cases, dogs actually become the pest by trampling the garden and digging up bulbs. Whereas, other dogs are less interested in the garden and spend more time chasing pests away. Proper training and an understanding of your dog’s personality is key to determining if they will be effective pest control.
Where you live and how close you are to wildlife makes a difference in which deterrent will be best for your vegetable garden. Having a combination of ways to repel these pests increases your chances of success. Building a fence to keep out vegetable-thieving animals is the best way to be 100% sure of your harvest. Happy Gardening!