Last year, I noticed I had a new pest in my garden: cats! Or specially, CAT as I’m guessing that the trouble maker is one specific fluffy gray feline I’ve seen duck out of my yard from time to time.
Now that I just filled my beds with a nice layer of fresh potting soil, the last thing I want is the Cat to go, “yeah! Spring is here – fresh litter box!” So I decided to address the issue before it became a problem. I’ve looked at a variety of solutions including fencing, citrus, planting catnip elsewhere in the garden or even coyote urine. (I kid you not).
Thank goodness I came up with this!
I found this roll in the fencing aisle out in the gardening section at Lowe’s for just a smidge under $17. I got the idea from this YouTube video where a gardener had used chicken wire, but I love the idea of working with a material I can easily manipulate and won’t involve the possibility of getting big scratches! When I described to the gal at Lowe’s what I had in mind to do, she assured me that it would do the trick – cats don’t want to walk on stuff like this.
Pretty much, you roll it out, cut it to length, and secure it down. I found some pavers and large rocks did the trick just fine. You could also use bricks or use long heavy sticks or pipe to hold it in place.
The one roll I purchased above covered three of my beds (they are roughly 3 ‘ X 6′ each), plus partially covered a couple additional beds I already had some plants growing in. The netting allows for sun, air, and water easily to pass through, so once your plants start to come up, you can begin to remove it. In my experience, the cat left the garden well enough alone once the plants filled in. I may also use some straw mulch to keep the ground as covered as possible!
When you need to plant, just roll it back a bit. Here I’m planting a few butter lettuce heads. The bed will later be used for my first go at edamame as well as some flowers.
One I was done planting, I dropped the cover back on over. Simple!
Don’t have cats? This plastic fencing should also protect your seeds from birds!
I’m all about trying the least invasive and least expensive solution first. I’ll definitely keep you posted on how this works. I would love to hear from those of you that have struggled with having cats in your garden. Have you tried a method like this before? How else have you managed to keep them at bay?
PS. I decided to ask Cat what he thought of my new garden hack. Here’s what he said:
PSS. I actually DID see the cat in my yard yesterday and guess what? No poop.
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