My Favorite Fences to Keep Out Critters, Caterpillars, and Birds (No DIY Needed)
From Garden Betty
April 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Confession: I never knew how many animals roamed the night until I moved into a house with a yard that was a veritable buffet for said animals. Raccoons, opossums, skunks, even coyotes and foxes — all of them are common sightings in my neighborhood and a real problem for residents with edible gardens, nicely mulched landscapes, or small cats and dogs. As natural scavengers, they emerge after dark (or even in daylight, on the rare occasion) and begin their nightly hunt for food from trash cans, back porches, garages, and garden beds. The latter is my biggest gripe, as I’ll frequently wake up to holes all over my yard — lots and lots of holes, some of them several inches deep and over a foot in diameter, the work of relentless raccoons (or opossums or skunks?) in search of grubs in the dirt. It’s one thing for them to dig up the mulch in the paths, but quite another when they land in a garden bed and dig up newly sown seeds or newly transplanted seedlings. Gah! I feel like my heart’s been ripped out when that happens. A nocturnal critter can destroy an entire garden overnight, and it’s a […]
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