There’s nothing more heart-wrenching than putting in hard work and have it all go to waste. And while your vegetable garden might be on the lower end of this life spectrum, no one wants their homegrown vegetables eaten!
Lucky for you, this never has to happen. Critter Busters has a few simple tips to keep your garden fresh and critter free.
1. Build a raised bed! There are plenty of advantages to raised beds. They’re simple to build, keep your soil warmer and prevent it from becoming compacted underfoot. Small animals are often reluctant to leave ground level because they don’t want to be seen; it’s a full proof idea!
2. If you have multiple beds, keep the pathways narrow. This also goes hand in hand with a raised bed, and animals not wanting to be seen. If you keep the bed pathways about a foot wide, animals will be less likely to enter for fear of exposure.
3. Plant different vegetables with each other. Plants like onions, garlic, marigold, chives and lavender can be repellents against rabbit, deer and other animals. Throwing these in around the rest of your crops will keep animals from eating all your good looking crops!
4. Build a fence! This is tricky considering you still need easy access to your own garden, but it will keep pests out. Make sure you build one at least 15 cm underground so animals can’t dig underneath. Click here to find out how to build your own garden fence.
5. Put mulch down. Who knows why, but apparently animals don’t like mulch! And bonus: it helps regulate soil temperature and prevent weed growth. If you don’t want to use mulch, straw, dried evergreen needles and wood bark are also great options.
6. Distract your animals. Find out what other sorts of food and plants animals your pests like to eat, and plant those away from your garden. For example, rabbits and other small animals love eating clover, alfalfa, dandelions, etc.
Still worried about pests? We’ve got you covered! Critter Busters has multiple Georgia locations and are happy to help with unwanted critters. Give us a call at 404-372-1645 or visit the Critter Busters website for more info!