While some in the Los Angeles area may want to attract wildlife to their property, this isn’t for everyone. Wildlife can be pesky, leaving droppings in your garden, burrowing holes, eating plants, and more. With these thoughtful landscape designs to deter wildlife away, you can implement them in your Pasadena home and garden.
Landscape Designs to Deter Wildlife
1. Camouflage Gardening
Camouflage gardening is a great technique to deter wildlife. It is a method of organizing your garden, planning your planting in sections. You will have border or buffer sections containing wildlife deterring plants that protect the other areas containing more attractive plants to wildlife. It uses plants’ natural properties to discourage animals from more tempting plants, essentially camouflaging them to the animals.
2. Install a Fence
A fence is an obvious and easy way to keep wildlife out of your yard. Low-profile mesh fencing can keep small critters away from your plants, or even a wire cloche can protect specific, smaller plants. However, if you have larger wildlife, a fence up to five feet could be needed. If your neighborhood allows it, it might be worthwhile to invest in fencing in your entire yard if you don’t want wildlife to join your garden parties.
3. Wildlife Resistant Planting
Like camouflage planting, you can use wildlife-resistant plants in your garden. If you plant garlic cloves, they deter squirrels (plus, you get fresh garlic!). Lavender is a known animal deterrent and can be both beautiful and useful to have around the house. Other animal repelling plants are sage, catmint, yarrow, rose of sharon, lantana, and verbena, to name a few!
4. Animal Repellents
There are many methods to dissuade animals from disturbing the peace of your yard. For more natural remedies, try sprinkling cayenne pepper around or spraying plants or grass with a diluted pepper and water mixture. Use straw mulch in your gardens, or put some of your dog’s (or your own!) hair around your flower beds to simulate the smell of a threat. There are commercial chemical animal repellents you can use as well.
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