I’m a gardening expert and here are the four natural ways to keep cats out of your yard

EVERYONE who has their own cats loves the fluffy creatures, but neighbors of cat owners often see things differently.

As adorable as the Moggies can be – with their huge eyes and fluffy hair – don’t mind the nuisance they can cause in your yard and sometimes in the middle of your lawn.

Drive the cats out of your garden with these simple tricks


Drive the cats out of your garden with these simple tricksPhoto credit: Getty

So how can you stop the cats from venturing into your yard to relieve themselves or rummaging around in the flower beds?

Experts from the David Suzuki Foundation said: “Neighbourhood kitties digging in your yard can be a nuisance.

“Cats are carnivores. Their droppings may contain parasites or pathogens that are not present in herbivore dung.

“This is worrying because most of us plan to eat the food we grow ourselves.

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“Roaming domestic cats kill songbirds and approximately 140 million birds and small animals each year.

“And when you do it right, your yard and garden are designed to attract pollinators like hummingbirds and other wild birds.

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“Stray cats can also put a strain on neighborhood relationships.”

Thankfully, the pros have four suggestions for natural ways to keep pets from wreaking havoc in your yard.

Make some noise

Kittens don’t like being surprised by unexpected noises, so the pros suggest investing in some wind chimes.

The experts said: “Try wind chimes, motion-sensitive bells, or even rocks or pebbles in a jar that rattle when a cat approaches.

“There are also motion-activated devices, and in the case of ultrasound devices, they emit a frequency that cats can’t stand but humans can’t hear.”

Just add water

Cats are known to hate bathing and water in general, so installing a sprinkler system could be your route to freedom.

The experts said: “A gentle spritz of water from a spray bottle can help cats break the positive association with your yard.

“Motion-activated sprinkler systems can also keep cats away. Just remember when to turn them on and follow summer water shortage guidelines.”

Get off the fence

Keep the cats from climbing into your yard with a higher fence.

The pros said, “Put up a barrier with chain link fencing.

“Most recommend squares that are at least 6 feet tall and 2 by 2 inches. An overhang makes it even better.”

Sniff them out

Cats are very sensitive to smells and there are a number of smells that they can’t stand.

The experts said: “Cats don’t like the smell of rue, lavender and pennyroyal, coleus canina and lemon thyme.

“Plant a few of these around the garden. (Planting can also attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.)

“They also avoid strong citrus scents. Throwing shells straight onto the garden soil.” I’m a gardening expert and here are the four natural ways to keep cats out of your yard

Jessica MacLeish

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