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Love My Dog - Love My Garden

By kytnbabe
July 9, 2016

Boomer, my one-year-old German Shepherd dog, is always looking for work when he's outside. Unfortunately, he often likes to dig through one of my planters during the winter. By spring I realized I'd have to have a barrier on them to be able to plant flowers.

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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
Jul 9, 2016 12:58 PM CST
I had to laugh when I read this. We have a Ginger Tom cat, (yellow) named John Wayne, who makes it his mission to bed up and sleep or lust lay around in my planters, which I might add, are identical to yours. I cut hardware cloth to fit the tops of my planters and stuck Bambo skewers pointed ends up all in the planters where the outfit couldn't lay in the planters. I couldn't have anything in them, he didn't dig in them, just lay in them and wallowed my plants till he killed them. Wish I had a pix of it, but right now, I don't know where they are. It's the only thing that worked for me. I tried sticking plastic forks tine ends up in them, but he just knocked those out. Apparently, that hardware cloth has spring to it and when he got on it, it moved and scared him. You know how goofy cats are, that with the skewers worked
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Name: Bob
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
Ferns Dog Lover Cat Lover Region: North Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 1 Hummingbirder
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Jul 11, 2016 7:58 PM CST
Hi Donna,
Putting plastic forks in the garden containers might help keep kitties from sleeping where you don't want. One of mine would sit in what he felt was a cool location in my fern garden - on top of a Wild Ginger, crushing it and the triangular flowers. Once the forks were installed he looked for a new hangout: This year both of the cats have found a new roosting place under elephant ears where there is lots of shade and the mulch stays cool since that bed is on automatic sprinklers that run daily (they don't bother the plants since they are 3-6 feet tall). The squirrels seem to be leaving that side of the yard alone this year too so hopefully next spring I'll have less Pecan seedlings popping up.
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