The Q&A Archives: Deterring Pets

Question: I have heard that there are certain types of plants that act as deterrents to dogs & cats - what can you tell me about this?

Answer: Dogs and cats can be a real nuisance in the garden. There are several options available. One is to talk to the pet owners, another is to check with the local ordinances for leash and stray animal laws; another measure to keep dogs out is a fence, while some gardeners report success using wire mesh and/or thorny material such as rose clippings to make mulch less attractive to cats; yet another method is to try repellents. Commercial repellents (Get Away brand sprays are available from Burpee 800-888-1447) need to be applied and reapplied to the garden according to the label instructions, as do home made repellents such as a garlic and/or pepper based spray. I hope this helps.

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