There are a lot of people who love to spend their time in the garden, taking care of the plants, removing the weeds and growing their own organic veggies. It could be considered as a therapeutic method, like meditating. However, this pleasant activity might be ruined if some creatures tend to eat the crops and the roots of your precious plants. Some of those animals are little, some of them slightly bigger and might be difficult to save your garden from them. On the bright side, almost every time there is an option to relocate the animals, instead of killing them. Of course, you have to be knowledgeable of the creature’s habits and way of living, so you know how to handle them. I have prepared a short list of the creatures that might invade your garden, and how you could handle them.
These omnivores love to eat strawberries, tree fruits, peas, potatoes, melons found in your lawn. They make holes in lawns, looking for insects to eat. Raccoons usually look for food and water in people’s houses. Especially if you leave your garbage in a convenient for them a place, it’s certain that they will go for it. These lovely creatures are usually scared by loud noises and lights. You can try scaring them away with motion sensors that activate jets of water.
Although they don’t always eat plants, their tunnels in spring and summer are shallow enough to disturb lawns and seed beds. Moles rarely stay in one place for a long time, so if your patient enough, they will naturally leave at some point. However, if you think that they are damaging your landscape too much, there are couple of methods to make them leave the property. Researches show that castor oil sprayed on lawns and gardens will repel moles from your landscape. Or, you can try obstructing their tunnels by placing noisemakers, human hair, etc.
Possums are probably the biggest challenge even for the most patient and friendly gardener. Sometimes a hungry possum is able to eat basically everything. The most important thing to remember is that they are part of the environment, and it’s our duty to protect them. If we have problems with them in our garden it’s better just to relocate them. I made a research and there are many homemade detergents you can spray your plants with. All of them are naturally made, and will most likely keep the possums away. A garlic spray is what you could use. 2 tablespoons of crushed garlic in one litre of hot water, left to stand overnight, strained and sprayed onto foliage, fruits, and tasty growing tips. On the other hand, if you’re busy to handle the problem yourself, you can book possum control services. I regularly hire a company in Melbourne to make a pest inspection in my home.
These cute animals usually are not a major problem. The signs of having a rabbit that is damaging your plants are: nibbled leaves on young or newly emerging plants, chewed tree bark near ground level on saplings, shrubs and fruit trees. For those who want the ideal solution of handling the issue is to peacefully coexist together. Try to remove all hiding spots in your garden, and cover your plants. Another easy way to stop them might be the simple method of fencing.
In the end, if you want to coexist with the animals we discussed, don’t forget that gardens and the outdoor space are their natural environment. We are the ones that should be careful with them. Hope the article was helpful.