I have a dog and three cats so I have to be careful what chemicals I put down because my dog just goes behind me and injests everything he can find. The birds scatter whenever I come outside, thinking I'M the garden pest, SO I made a scarecrow from a broom, plastic bag and my old stocking cap, which worked - for 8 or 10 days - whoopee. As for fencing, it must be at least 2 to 3 feet tall and not less than 3 inches below ground.
I found out the hard way when he almost died from eating my snail bait! The birds are now back for the rest of the flowers. Some pet and feed stores sell low-voltage electric or solar-powered fencing, which can be effective.
Then right before my eyes I saw one of them get sucked down into the ground and in an instant it was gone!
I ran back to the nursery I got them from and they explained that i must have gophers. They looked for weaknesses in the fence and I would awaken once again to a garden stripped bare by these poor little deer.
I can't have the flower bed in our unfenced front yard because of another flower devourer, the South West's feral pig, Javelina, whose odor you wouldn't believe is stronger than a skunk's. Hang a single strand 8 to 10 inches off the ground around the edge of your garden, the experts suggest.“Here is my Javelina deterrent method: OK, this is really gross but it is free and only for garden lovers who are determined to persuade the neighborhood Javelinas (and rabbits as a bonus) that their garden just isn't yummy anymore.
This has worked perfectly so far, and here's what you do.
So, I put some flat, heavy rocks at the fence where it was clear they probably got out and could have gotten in, but of course, they most likely got in under the gate. 19), I got up to use the bathroom at am, went out to check the garden and all was as it had been since the last invasion. When I went out to check, more squash had been eaten!
I put in hundreds of hours of hard labor into preparing the soil, which was basically red clay and a lot of rocks.
At first, I saw hoof prints around my front garden but no damage and after two days of that, now, they don't even set foot in my garden!
I used a broom on the gravel to smooth it out to really see if anything was disturbed and it wasn't!
Then began my battle with the bugs, the deer, the gophers and the snails!
The very next morning following this magical transformation I ran outside to see how all of my plants were doing and to my dismay alot of my plants had just disappeared!