Keep cats out of your garden with a plant ‘so repellent they’ll run a mile’

Gardening expert gives tips on deterring pets and pests

Even the most patient cat lovers can be annoyed at cats destroying plants or hunting local wildlife in their gardens, but these curious moggies can easily be kept out of gardens without spending lots of money. 

Cats have a right to roam and are legally allowed to wander into other people’s gardens or allotments. They can also sometimes be a benefit to gardeners if dealing with large pest infestations of large bugs or even rodents. 

However, it is understandable why gardens wish to keep felines away from their flowers and plants, and one gardening expert has explained some simple and cheap strategies to keep cats out of gardens. 

Suzanna Hall is a gardening expert from LoveTheGarden has explained there is a lot of false advice for deterring cats that do not work on cats. In a video online, Suzanna said that the common myth that water bottles filled with water will keep cats away, as the idea is that they will be scared of their own reflection. 

This method will not work but according to Suzanna, there are some “natural remedies” that may already be in your garden which will keep cats out of gardens without too much hard work. 

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What to plant in your garden to keep cats away

There are several flowers and herbs that cats dislike due to their strong smell that can act as a natural barrier to discourage cats from entering a garden, as the smell will be too overwhelming for them and make them not want to spend time in the area. 

Suzanna explained: “There are also some natural remedies which are a great idea in the garden. Lavender smells lovely to us but cats hate it, and the same goes for rosemary. 

“Then there’s this plant, coleus canias, the so-called ‘scaredy-cat plant which is meant to be so repellent to cats that they’ll run a mile.”  

She added: “You can keep them out by just careful gardening. Make a boundary hedge that is created from Holly or Mahalia or Bayer Burris. Not only will it deter cats, but can also keep out potential thieves “

Other plants that can keep cats away are lemon thyme, oregano, and curry herb plants will also act as boundaries to keep cats away. 

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Other simple cat-repellent alternatives 

According to Suzanna are ultrasonic device can be bought to keep cats away as it will make a loud noise that humans cannot hear which will scare them off. 

She said: “The RSPB recommends an ultrasonic cat repellent which works lovely by sending out a high-pitched sound inaudible to humans which deters cats from crossing into your property.”

Another way to keep cats away is to make a simple homemade spray using pepper which will deter cats. 

Suzana said: “One very simple approach is to add ground black pepper to hot water and shake it up to create a liquid which we can then spray near you plants. Cats hate pepper, and they will keep well away.”

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