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Keeping Pets Out of Garden

I’m looking for a simple, attractive, 3 ft. (total above ground) fence to keep our dogs out of certain landscape beds. The iron fencing I’ve seen is too elaborate and costly. Cheap wire fencing looks cheap. Any ideas? -Kathleen

In looking through comments that appear on article about keeping dogs and cats out of the garden, I found this:

I’m looking for a simple, attractive, 3 ft. (total above ground) fence to keep our dogs out of certain landscape beds. The iron fencing I’ve seen is too elaborate and costly. Cheap wire fencing available in Home Depot-like stores works, but looks cheap. Any ideas?

Our new Border Fence comes in three heights: 16″, 26″ and 36″. It’s made from dark green, PVC-coated, 1/16″ wire that’s easy to bend and cut.

It could work to discourage some dogs. What techniques have worked for you? Share a comment on the article or at the end of this post.

Tips

  • The best control is to give pets their own yard or train them well.
  • A patch of catnip planted at a distance may lure felines away from your yard.
  • To protect newly planted areas, lay down bramble stems, Cat Scat mats or wire mesh to prevent cats from using the area as a litter box.
  • Specially formulated repellents, sprayed on prized plants, may teach cats and plodding dogs to go elsewhere.
  • For sure-fire protection, erect a wire fence with sturdy stakes. Dogs may still “mark” the fence, so place it a short distance from prized plants.

More advice can be found at the Humane Society, including a post on How to Get Your Dog to Stop Digging.

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David Grist
Gardener’s Supply

2 Comments

  1. September 20, 2011    

    Thanks for the info. Your tips about Keeping pets out of Garden would really help me lot. Good Job!

  2. drh
    June 4, 2012    

    Dogs are relatively easy to manage, put up a fence about 2’ from your plants and the problem is solved, cats are the real challenge. For a very small garden plot a complete wire cage could be your cat answer. We live in an area that has a lot of oak trees and our problem is not with dogs or cats but with squirrels. These little guys cam squeeze though the smallest opening I have ever seen.
    If anyone has a squirrel solution I would appreciate it.

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