vinegar to deter cats
got too many cats around my garden and they're not mine!
I'm finding them digging up seeds, seedlings, mucking up tilled
ground, etc. Now I've heard that cats don't like the smell of vinegar.
Could I spray some around my garden without the acidity doing even
is a perennial problem for many gardeners. Household vinegar used
at full strength in a squirt bottle around the area the cats scratch
may keep them at bay repeat after rain.
Other things to try
moth balls or napthalene sprinkled around the area. If you see the
cats and are a good shot, one of those heavy duty water pistols
that children play with will chase them away; they may get the message
eventually. Citronella oil sprayed around the area.
There are numerous products
available from hardware stores and garden centres to deter cats
we have tried a Watkins one called 'Wotchout' cat repellant.
It is a mix of sawdust and camphor oil and is effective for up to
one month in normal weather conditions. At this stage it seems to
Place small light twigs
over the newly planted seedlings or bird netting. If all else fails
get a cat!
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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