Whether you are trying to grow a small kitchen garden in the back, or wild animals are eating all your flowers in the front yard, pesky wild animals are a serious problem for homeowners with green areas around their homes. From raccoons to groundhogs, to deer and wild geese, these wild animals will completely destroy your garden. Not only is there a financial loss, but it also poses a threat to the safety of your family. Here are some tips to help you keep wild animals out of your property and your family safe from all kinds of wild animals.
Scare Them Off
Humans have been fighting garden pests for centuries, and scarecrows are one of the most effective techniques. Making a scarecrow is quick, easy, and cheap. You can even turn it into a family activity if you want to get the kids involved. If you have a relatively realistic-looking scarecrow, it’ll cause the animals to think that it’s a real human. They are very unlikely to enter the area if they know there is a human present. Eventually, they will notice that this ‘human’ is always around, and they will decide against visiting this property for good.
Animals come to your garden for a reason. They either see a plant or hear an insect that they want to eat, or they can see some other resource that they need for just about any other reason. For instance, when thinking of how to get rid of geese, you can start by eliminating the things that they want, for instance, crickets. Using a repellent on the garden will repel the crickets that the geese eat, thereby removing their motive for coming through your lawn and pecking at everything. Similarly, you can find a repellent that will repel rabbits, deer, and other animals.
Another good solution is to physically exclude the animals from the space where your garden is, or to protect the specific crops that you know animals will come after. To do this, you will need some kind of fencing to protect the area. You can very easily make this on your own, but if you have a very large space that you want to cover, you will be better off getting a fencing company to help you out. There are different kinds of fences for specific types of threats. You can also fence the specific plant that you want to protect so that even if an animal gets on the property, it can’t hurt the plant itself.
Rubbish bins, compost piles, and mulch pits are some of the best targets for animals as there is plenty of food for them there to scavenge. Cleaning up these places and removing food items, or at least covering these spots so that the food isn’t clearly visible, will also help reduce the number of attacks you encounter.
If your garden has piles of wood in it, or areas where the animals can easily hide and find shelter, remove these installations. This is another attraction for animals, especially medium-sized animals like geese and rabbits. If you leave these installations long enough, you will soon find the wild animals reproducing in these areas and making permanent settlements out of them. Further, while living there they will naturally want to find food nearby and this will result in your crops being destroyed. Ideally, you should use a mix of these solutions to get the fastest and the best results.