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How-To: Protect Your Plants from Your Pets

It's no secret that pets like to go where they're unwelcome. Digging up soil is often a favorite activity of theirs. Sometimes they just like to make a mess, and in other cases, the scent or texture of your plant's leaves attracts them. In Lady in the Tramp, it was cute and all, but not when it comes to the plants you've painstakingly grown from seeds during Good to Grow month. But don't worry: There are several ways to protect your plants from your pets. To see them,

Here are several solutions, from Martha Stewart:

  • Sticking toothpicks around the plant, with about 3/4" out of the ground, will deter your pets. The sharp points will scare them!
  • Covering the soil with chicken wire and rocks will make the soil inaccessible. Wrap the chicken wire around the plant or tree first. Secure it in place. Then, place large decorative rocks on top.
  • Misting your plants with a garlic and pepper spray will deter your pets by scent. To make the spray, mix 1 quart water, 4 tbsp. of red-pepper flakes, and 2 tbsp. of garlic powder, strain the mixture so it's just liquid, and pour into a spray bottle.

Also, be sure to check out these solutions from PetSugar, and learn to pet-proof your home by avoiding poisonous plants.

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kimmbot kimmbot 8 years
hm, some of these sound good... I've tried the rocks, and she just flips the rocks out and plays with the rocks. Maybe I'll try the toothpicks.
jenehfur jenehfur 8 years
why do i want to spray my beautiful smelling flowers with garlic and pepper spray???! bleck!!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
If you have cats they are deterred by citrus so if you stick some peels in their they will stay away.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I've tried the red pepper flakes mixture. My cats just ended up liking plants even more. :(
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