Eco-Friendly Products to Keep your Pets off the Plants

If you've invested time and money in garden design, the chances are you won't want your pets - or anyone else's - destroying all your hard work.

We've put together some top ideas to stop this from happening without doing any harm to the visitors to your garden.

1. Spices

Dogs are not huge fans of spices, so sprinkle some on your plants and they probably won't go anywhere near!

Powdered mustard is a good option, while crushed dried peppers can also work a treat. Whatever you choose, make sure it won't do your plants any damage either.

This can be done both inside and outside, so if you have houseplants to protect, this is also a great strategy to keep your pets at bay.

2. Citrus peel

Cats in particular do not like citrus peel - and there is evidence to suggest it is an effective deterrent for dogs as well.

Place orange and lemon peel around the base of your plant and it should act as a natural deterrent - it also won't cause any harm to the foliage.

3. Pine cones

Cats and dogs don't like anything that isn't pleasant to the touch, which is why pine cones can be the perfect option for keeping them away from your plants.

Pine cones might well do the job, but you might need to opt for something a little more prickly if they don't prove as effective as you’d hoped.

4. Water

Cats and dogs aren't very keen on water, so every time they get too close to your plants, give them a quick spray to warn them off.

They will soon learn that they shouldn't be doing it and no doubt move on to causing trouble somewhere else instead!


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