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54. Large Animals in the Garden
No matter where you live, you will find that there is always a hungry animal waiting to get into your garden. Every zone has their own problems, but the variety of animals can be controlled using the same methods- but that doesnít include keeping me, Garden Moose, out of your garden! I am only here to help you on your gardening adventure. Let's talk a little about the animals that eat the goodies from your garden.
If you are having a major problem with deer getting at your garden, you most likely will need to use a four to five foot fence. There are very few ways to get rid of deer with out totally controlling your garden. You will find many types of fences that you can use, from metal, wood to plastic types. Of course you will need stakes and end posts, and this can get to be expensive but if your love of gardening continues you will need to stop the deer. You can try to use the thin covers and pest guards to deter deer, but if they are hungry enough they will work their way through this type of barrier.
Some other types of deer repellants that are not proven but that have been used through out the history of gardening are: place rotten eggs around the garden to ward off deer, some gardeners use poles and place rags that are soaked in Clorox to keep deer away, and there are other gardeners who swear by placing human hair around the exterior of their garden to keep the deer at bay.
To protect your garden from rabbits, you will need to find a wire or plastic coated wire that uses a one-inch by one-inch pattern. This pattern is small enough that the rabbits canít work their way through, and they canít chew threw the metal. Some rabbits can be persistent and chew through plastic if you were only to use a plastic fencing. A fence that is meant to control rabbits should be about two to three feet high and placed the entire way around your garden area for the best results.
If you are having a problem birds attacking your garden plants and vegetables, you can use a series stakes placed around the outer edge of your garden, and install a fence that they may be able to land on but they canít get through to reach your plants.
If you are using a greenhouse you donít have to worry about rabbits, deer, groundhogs or birds! So if you really live in a high populated animal area, you may really want to consider using a greenhouse to get rid of that pesky large animal problem altogether!
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