got a 1-year-old dog that seems to pull out our rose bushes just
because she can. She's also keen on digging up my bulbs. I've
tried using her own droppings in the garden, but she's not phased.
I've tried set but unbaited mouse traps, but once they've snapped
shut she goes right on digging around them. Any advice?
Ennis, dog lover and horticulturalist suggests:
To protect the rose bushes
you could try putting a small barrier between the dog and the plant,
a lowish fence or screen, or another plant. It could be that just
screening them from her sight may be enough.
To protect the bulbs
you could put a section of wire netting over them, about 1-2 cm
below the soil surface which will discourage your dog from digging
Some people recommend
sprinkling cayenne pepper over the soil to deter cats it
may work with dogs also.
Another thing is to give
your dog lots to do in the garden, such as bones to chew, toys to
play with etc, to distract from these other activities.
Good luck with that!
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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