Slugs, slugs, pigeons, and squirrels are just a few of the pests that can destroy your gardening work. From digging up bulbs to raiding your bird feeders, these pests can wreak havoc in your garden. Express.de came up with some top tips to help fend off these creatures.
As summer approaches, many of us want to spend as much time as possible in the garden.
But how can you make sure your garden looks neat and pest-free?
How to scare off squirrels
Squirrels love flower bulbs and will happily dig up all of your freshly planted tulips and crocuses.
A fail-safe way to protect them is to cover these appetizing treats with metal grids like chicken wire.
This may look ugly at first, but don’t worry, when summer rolls in and your bulbs begin to shoot, you can remove it.
Certain fertilizers have a scent that can attract squirrels, those made from bone meal, blood meal, and fish emulsion are the most common culprits so avoid these if you have a squirrel problem.
To keep squirrels from digging up your flower beds, you need to create a sharp barrier between the ground and them.
By adding sharp gravel or crushed oyster shells to your bed, you can scare off these furry creatures.
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Spread these around your plants as these pests don’t like to wander over sharp objects.
Beer traps are another popular inexpensive way to rid your yard of these creatures.
How to deter pigeons
Annoying pigeons can be a nuisance, but there are several ways to scare them away.
Before trying to get rid of them, you need to make sure that you are not breaking the law.
The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 states that it is illegal to harm pigeons, their nests, and their eggs.
Reflective surfaces are a common deterrent, CDs, tin foil, and metal objects can work well.
These make pigeons uncomfortable as they affect their pigeon’s eyesight, which means they don’t bother to nest near them.
Pigeons hate strong spices, so fill cloth bags with spices like cinnamon, black pepper or chilli spice around pigeon nesting spots to keep them away.
As a short-term solution, you can carefully spray pigeons with a hose to encourage them to fly off.