The time and money you put into creating your landscape design can be for naught if you do take steps to protect it from visiting wildlife. In most areas, deer and rabbits are likely visitors, especially during the spring and summer months when most vegetation is at its growing peak. Follow these tips for humanely protecting your lawn and garden from nibbling critters like deer and rabbits.
Do Your Homework
Taking the time during your landscape design to visit your local nursery for learning about the trees, shrubs and flowering plants that grow well in your area is always a good idea. However, learning more about the kinds of plants, trees and shrubbery that are not inviting to herbivores like rabbits and deer is also important. If you plant vegetation that munching critters do not enjoy in their diet, your garden and landscape has higher chances of being left alone to thrive.
Physical Deterrents And Blockades Work
If you move into a home with a gorgeous landscape in place, you may find the previous owner planted vegetation that deer and rabbits love to eat. In this case, lightweight netting is a good idea to drape over your plants, shrubs and trees to deter animals from eating them. Netting can be found at most nurseries and can be invisible once put into place in your gardens. If your property doesn't have a fence around it, putting one up is another way to keep unwanted, hungry wildlife off your lawn and gardens. Keep in mind that deer can jump high, so putting up a fence they cannot easily scale is important to get the most from your investment.
Specially Formulated Repellents Can Be Effective
Maybe you feel a fence or netting would in some way interrupt your landscape design. If you prefer not to put up physical deterrents like fencing, you can check out specially formulated repellents. Animal repellents can be found at local feed and seed stores or at a home and garden store. You can choose from repellents that use chemicals in their formulation, but all-natural repellents are also available. Remember that the application of repellents should be done on a regular schedule to be most effective. For example, you will need to reapply repellent after each day it rains.
Making Your Landscape Home To Natural Enemies
Deer and rabbits will more than likely avoid your property if there is a cat or dog living on it. Keeping a pet outdoors on your property can be the best way to keep munching wildlife at bay. However, bear in mind that keeping a cat or dog also means you will need to take steps to prevent them from digging in your flowerbed or in areas that contain small, decorative pebbles or sand.
Being able to enjoy your landscape and gardens is a big reason you took the time to create it. Taking steps to protect it is important, especially if you live near forests or in a rural area that is not populated.