With summer almost here, you will probably be spending several hours every weekend manicuring your lawn. You’ll trim the grass, water it, and do upkeep on your garden. After spending countless hours to keep your property looking great, the last thing you want is for wildlife to come in and damage it. You must be prepared to protect your lawn and garden from wild animals this summer.
It can be difficult and frustrating to keep rabbits, deer, groundhogs, skunks, raccoons, and other wildlife off your property. Your number one defense tactic is a fence. Depending on what kind of wildlife you need to keep out will decide how tall your fence should be. To keep out rabbits, install a four foot high fence that is anchored tightly to the ground. If you are in a wooded area with deer, you will need at least a five foot fence. Some animals, like woodchucks, will dig under your fence to get in. To keep them out you need to install the fence at least one foot below the surface of the ground.
There are several scare tactics you can put in place to keep wildlife off your lawn. Some people use motion sensitive sprinklers, blow up owls, and even banging some pans together when they see incoming wild animals. Unfortunately, urban animals will be used to loud noises and they will get used to blow up predators if they are not constantly moved to new areas. In this case you should call in a wildlife control company that can eliminate the problem for you.
One last option is to use homemade and commercial repellents. Be sure that they are safe to use on food when treating your fruits and vegetables. You will see the best results if you apply repellants before animals start to feed. It is easier to prevent wildlife than to break their habits. Try to find repellants that are all natural and smell good so they will only repel animals and not you and your family.
The keys to success when protecting your property from wildlife are variety, persistence, and adaptability. Apply repellents and install scare tactics before animals start feeding on your grass and garden. Try different combinations of tactics and adapt as needed. If it becomes much too hard to handle, call in some wildlife control experts.