How to Keep Animals Out of My Garden


Planting a garden can be a great way to relieve stress, as well as provide your property with colorful flowers or tasty fresh vegetables. If you don't take the time to protect all of your hard work, however, you may wake up one morning to find out some animals have destroyed your garden. Deer, rabbits and squirrels are the most common animals known to cause destruction in a garden. Prevention is always the best cure, especially with animals that are trying to invade your garden.

Step 1

Collect human hair from the hair salons in your neighborhood. Place the hair in some nylon stockings and hang them around your garden area. For smaller animals, you may want to leave a couple of the hair bags on the ground. Wild animals know the scent of humans and stay away if they think one is near.

Step 2

Spray a predator's urine around your garden. The coyote is a predator to deer, rabbits, squirrels and many other small animals that may look to your garden for food. The animals will smell the urine and think a coyote is nearby. This will keep them away from your garden.

Step 3

Shake hot pepper flakes around your garden. The animals will get one bit of this spice and run the other way. They don't like the taste.

Step 4

Chop up a bunch of garlic and spread it around the perimeter of your garden. The garlic odor is so strong it will keep animals like rabbits and deer from looking in your garden for food. This is a great option if you enjoy the smell of garlic yourself.

Tips and Warnings

  • Stay away from the use of mothballs. They are dangerous for plants, people and animals.

Things You'll Need

  • Human hair
  • Nylon stockings
  • Coyote urine
  • Hot pepper flakes
  • Chopped garlic


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Keywords: animal control, protecting gardens, repelling animals

About this Author

Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.