How to (Naturally) Prevent Animals From Eating Your Garden

1. Build a Fence

Fence off your garden with chicken wire or mesh that can be found at your local hardware store. For a low cost, you can save your plants from meeting their untimely demise at the hands of our furry friends. If birds are the main culprits, try using a light net that you can drape over your plants. This will deter airborne adversaries.

2. Sprinkle Spice or Vinegar

Another great way to discourage garden pests is to sprinkle cayenne pepper or spray diluted vinegar water around where you plant your seeds. These quick remedies will deter squirrels and other predators due to the compounds in these products. Daffodils, hyacinths, and alliums are flowers that squirrels dislike that can be interplanted too.

3. Get a Guard Animal

Simply find an animal that is bigger and scary to the pests but friendly to you. You can even borrow a neighbor’s dog or cat. The presence of a pet can intimidate pests from attempting to invade your sacred garden.

4. Install a Squirrel Feeder

Try sweetening the deal for these pesky critters. Install a squirrel feeder away from your garden to provide another source of food to distract the pests. This will hopefully distract the squirrels or fill them up so they won’t go after your plants.

5. Set Mouse Traps

Mouse traps located around your plants are another good way to deter squirrels from digging up seeds or plants. Just make sure that you remember where they are!

6. Reflective Pinwheels

Place reflective pinwheels like the decorations for the 4th of July or Memorial Day. Rays from the sun with glint off the wheels and the movement will spook squirrels and birds. Plus, you have the fun added bonus of being patriotic! 


Other Notes: 

  • If you are really desperate, you can sprinkle urine crystals from coyotes that can be found at your local hardware store around your garden to scare off all kinds of pests. 
  • If deer are the issue, string fishing line around your garden at different heights. This invisible barrier is sure to fend off our deer friends.

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  • The Seedsheet Team on

    Hi Maureen,
    We are sorry to here that your flowers were ransacked by some furry scoundrels. We would suggest using some ground cayenne pepper (able to be purchased at most grocery stores) mixed with a little water and spray this around the areas that are most susceptible to groundhog invaders. The proportions should be 4 teaspoons of cayenne to 2 cups of warm water and use a spray bottle to apply to the desired area. If that doesn’t work, there are several types of plants that groundhogs tend not to like. Some include, columbine flowers, daylily’s, and marigold’s. Hopefully this does that trick. Let us know if you have any other questions.

    Happy Gardening!

  • Maureen on

    Repels-All did not help at all. I sprayed it on my whiskey barrels that hold my flowers and the groundhogs ate all of them. I need to know what flowers that wildlife do not like.

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