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Keep Rats and Cats Away from the Plants

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

As I am writing this, I am contemplating on trying to arrange my plants in our rooftop. I am running out of space, you know. I had a mini garden near our laundry area before. Actually, the rooftop I'm talking about is an unfinished area of the house, no concrete walls in some parts yet. That is why rodents and cats are free to move around my garden and they destroyed my precious plants. To save the remaining plants, I moved them back again to our second floor balcony. 
To find solution to my problem, I am conducting a mini-research on how to get rid of rodents and cats.  Here's what I got: 

How to keep cats off the yard

To prevent cats from digging the garden soil and use it as their toilet, the fist thing to do is remove any feces along with some soil and try sprinkling cat repellent in the area. It is suggested to cut some lemons, oranges and similar citrus fruit and put them in the garden to stop cats from using this area as a toilet.... I will try this and hope it'll work. 

In case cats eat your plants, it is recommended to include plants with strong scent such as lavender, rosemary and mint. (source: gardeningknowhow.com)

How to get rid of rodents naturally

Recently, rodents have eaten my agave succulents and bonsai tea plant. 

According to wikihow, seal up holes and cracks in your home where rodents may be gaining access. (that being said, we have to extend the mesh fencing in our balcony.... but how about the open space... argghhh)

Planting mint around the garden will create a barrier that rodents won't cross. 

Aside from that tips, I will also try spraying the following solution to my plants:

Put a teaspoon of red pepper flakes in a spray bottle of hot water, shake and spray generously on the plants. 

With that tips on hand, I will try gardening again in our rooftop. I will put potted herbs there and arrange my growing collection of succulents and cacti. Good luck to me!


Happy Gardening!

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