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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