Pine Cones Discourage Pests: Pine Cones as cat-deterents

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Pine Cones Discourage Pests

By patrob
November 15, 2011

Place pine cones around the plants in pots to discourage cats from digging. If necessary, add short stakes to keep the cones from being moved.

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Nov 14, 2011 6:08 PM CST
Thanks! I needed something besides chicken wire to keep my beds from being used as cat boxes by the whole neighborhood.

I might try tieing them together ... these cats are pretty lazy and might give up if they can;t swat the cones aside. But MAN am I tired of finding those lumps in the soil!

(pine cone mulch ... I'll try anything!)

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mom2goldens
Nov 14, 2011 6:10 PM CST
Hmmmm....wonder if this would work to keep the chipmunks out of my containers. Certainly worth a try.
Great tip!
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 14, 2011 6:55 PM CST
Great tip for those who have cats.
Linda, the chipmunks might just eat the pine cone seeds?????
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Onewish1
Nov 14, 2011 8:38 PM CST
I put skewers around my one houseplant in our bay window.. the one yorkie we have refuses to stay out of it.. only because she is taller to look out the window and bark at people.. of course the soil ends up everywhere with her jumping in and out... she pulls the skewers out and chews on them... so that was no good... I ended up putting a small boarder fence around my container.. boy she is good Grumbling
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PollyK
Nov 14, 2011 9:45 PM CST
Great idea. I have tons of pinecones. Never thought of it. Thanks Pat!
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Samigal
Nov 14, 2011 9:46 PM CST
I'm tired of cats using my containers for their litter box too. Going to start saving the pine cones that fall in our yard. Thanks for the great tip.
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canadanna
Nov 14, 2011 10:08 PM CST
good idea b/c they are light and plentiful. I have used flat rocks that I find at the beach, but living in Dallas area forces me to pack them in luggage when on vacation in Florida, which doesn't happen often enough. Sad
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Marilyn
Nov 14, 2011 11:11 PM CST
Need to keep those darn squirrels out of my containers. They jump up to the containers and start digging and bury nuts. Grumbling

Have to figure out between now and next Spring where to get pincones and lots of them, cuz I have lots of containers.

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Boopaints
Nov 15, 2011 12:01 AM CST
Great idea. Maybe I'll buy a cat. Big Grin
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zuzu
Nov 15, 2011 5:05 AM CST

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You need a cat, Boo.

I used to use pine cones for that purpose, but they almost always had earwigs in them, so I stopped bringing them into the house, and now I use sea shells instead.

I've given up on the outdoor containers.

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tarev
Nov 15, 2011 11:19 AM CST
Cute cat photos Zuzu..are these your pets or strays! Reminds me so much of the strays that hang around my garden Big Grin
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dave
Nov 15, 2011 11:23 AM CST

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My solution was to go out in the woods and find the canes of thorned plants, like Smilax rotundifolia. Those have really nice thorns. Then cut the stems to length and cover the soil with them. That put a stop to the cat problem in a fast hurry. Whistling
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sheryl
Nov 15, 2011 11:24 AM CST
Oh yeah, Becky - I am surprised you don't already have cats, you strike me as a cat lady.

I can't believe how timely this tip is - I just put a plant outside that our new stray has mistaken for a litter box (despite the 4 upstairs, grr....) Do you think pinecones work better than rocks?
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tarev
Nov 15, 2011 11:25 AM CST
Those darn squirrels used to bury one of my succulents Haworthia reinwardtii - always...I guess the texture of this succulent feels like that of a peanut Big Grin

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What deters the cats from the pine cones? Is it the scent?
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gingin
Nov 15, 2011 11:48 AM CST
dave said:My solution was to go out in the woods and find the canes of thorned plants, like Smilax rotundifolia. Those have really nice thorns. Then cut the stems to length and cover the soil with them. That put a stop to the cat problem in a fast hurry. Whistling


Rolling on the floor laughing Dave I do that for squirrels...in fact I submitted it as a tip, but it hasn't been used yet Whistling
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sheryl
Nov 15, 2011 11:55 AM CST
"Nice thorns"

Heh!
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Boopaints
Nov 15, 2011 12:16 PM CST
Zuzu, those cats in the pots are so funny! They do love little cozy spots, don't they?

I am actually a dog person but I know a lot of cats personally. Big Grin
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patrob
Nov 15, 2011 3:28 PM CST
My cats won't stand on or move the pine cones because the cones are "stickery" to their paws. The fresher the pine cones, the better they work. I tried cypress mulch, rocks, citrus peels, and cat deterrent spray, which stinks by itself, but the cats still used the pots, even though they have four regular litterboxes and a Littermaid handy. When our youngest cat started to remove cones last winter so he could bat them around, I added the stakes to make removal more difficult. So far it's working, and I am not constantly having to dig out and replace soil to be able to stand having the ficus and satsuma trees in the sunroom.


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sheryl
Nov 15, 2011 4:32 PM CST
I don't think I've seen another tip get so many responses so quickly!
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mcash70
Nov 15, 2011 4:47 PM CST
Zuzu that was so nice of you to put all of those fine containers around your garden for your cats to lounge in!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing The cats are all so cute! Rolling my eyes.

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