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10 Effective tips to keep cats out of your garden

In British gardens, cats can sometimes cause trouble. Whether it's defecating in the planters or disturbing the peace in the garden, it can be frustrating for gardeners. Fortunately, there are several methods to deter these furry visitors from your garden in a humane way. Here are 10 handy tips to keep cats out of your garden.

Tip 1: Cocoa husks against cats

Cocoa husks aren't just a natural ground cover, they also have a strong scent that deters cats. Spread a layer of cocoa husks around your plants and flower beds to keep cats at bay.

Tip 2: Ground cover against cats

Opt for ground covers such as lavender, thyme, or lemon balm. These plants emit a strong scent that cats dislike. Additionally, ground covers reduce open spaces where cats can dig.

Tip 3: Barricading open ground

Cats love to dig in open ground. Protect your garden beds by covering them with mesh or fine-mesh wire. This makes it difficult for cats to dig and prevents damage to your plants.

Tip 4: Plants for cats

Consider planting specific plants that attract cats but keep them away from other parts of the garden. Catnip (Nepeta), for example, is beloved by cats and can serve as a 'trap plant' to keep them away from your vulnerable flowers.

Tip 5: Coffee grounds against cats

Cats dislike the smell of coffee. Sprinkle coffee grounds around the edges of your garden or mix them into the soil to deter cats. Repeat this regularly for the best results.

Tip 6: Fencing the garden against cats

Consider installing garden fencing to keep cats out. Opt for fencing with fine mesh or spikes on top to prevent cats from climbing over.

Tip 7: Repelling cats with ultrasonic sound

Ultrasonic sound can be effective in deterring cats. Install ultrasonic devices in your garden that produce sounds that are not audible to humans but disturb and scare away cats.

Tip 8: Repelling cats with scent

Scents such as citrus, vinegar, and pepper can deter cats. Make a natural spray by mixing these ingredients with water and spray it around the edges of your garden to keep cats away.

Tip 9: Repelling cats with water

A simple yet effective method is to install a motion-activated sprinkler. When a cat triggers the sensor, a jet of water is fired, which will deter the cat and discourage it from returning.

Tip 10: Cat deterrent granules

Cat deterrent granules are special pellets that emit a strong scent that cats dislike. Scatter them around the borders of your garden to deter cats and protect your garden.

With these handy tips, you can keep cats out of your garden in a humane way, allowing you and your plants to enjoy a peaceful and undisturbed outdoor space.