As adorable and lovely as your pets are, they may be devastating your other pride and joy �� your garden or lawn. This may arise from three main problems. First, cats and dogs love to dig, especially new and fragile plants that have yet to grow firm roots; this can lead to incessantly replanting what your pets have uprooted, which can be a real big burden for you. Second, cats and dogs tend to urinate on the lawn or in the garden. Cat and dog urines are extremely high in nitrogen, and can be especially detrimental to your lawn grass and weak plants. Too much urine can even burn the plants, as would fresh manure. Dog urine is also extremely salty, and excess salt on the soil means death for many plants. Finally, the pets sometimes eat or roll around the plants. Cats love to nibble on the grasses on the lawn and other plants such as nepeta. Otherwise, they simple roll around the plants, destroying and crushing the plants.
Pet Deterrents For The Garden
There are ways to prevent your pets from ruining your precious garden or lawn.
1. Twigs As a Pet Deterrent
For one, you can place tiny twigs among the plants in the garden or on the lawn, making the area uncomfortable for the pets to walk through.
2. Adding Your Own Scents to Deter Pets
Another technique to deter your pets from lingering in the garden or on the lawn is to spread out certain scents. Dogs hate the smell of vinegar, ammonia, bitter apple, or even the original Listerine. Sprinkling a bit of these substances around the outskirt of the beds may be sufficient to keep them out. Cats are greatly appalled by the scent of citrus, so try to scatter orange and lemon peels around. You can kill two birds with one stone using this technique, since orange and lemon peels will compost themselves and improve the soil. But what about done damage?
You should get a reputable soil test to determine the extent of damage sustained by your soil. If it is extensive, you should let the soil rest for a year or more, and then let nature take care of itself. If the damage is minimal, you can usually flush the toxins from the soil with water, by incorporating various organic matters such as aged manure into the soil. If your lawn grass is yellow from pet urine, rinsing the area with water as soon as possible should cure the problem.