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What to use to keep pets out of mulch and flowers
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sylvia    Posted 04-10-2003 at 13:21:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have tried the store bought stuff that you sprinkle on the ground, but it is a waste of money and time, the dogs just lay on it. Does anybody have any suggestions?

hay    Posted 04-11-2003 at 07:42:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
regular ol' ground red pepper sprinkled around plant will keep dogs and cats away. makes 'em sneeze like crazy. like someone else said, you have to apply it after every heavy dew and rain.

Linda    Posted 04-10-2003 at 15:24:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not sure about dogs, but buying cayenne pepper in bulk and sprinkling it on and around plants has kept the cats from laying on and digging around the flowers. The only drawback is you have to reapply everytime it rains or your sprinkle from overhead.

Maggie/TX    Posted 04-10-2003 at 15:41:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was going to say black pepper, but I figure cayenne would be good, too. I tried the store bought stuff too and the cats ignored it. Then, a friend of mine said to get the cheapest, coursest-ground black pepper you can find and sprinkle. This, too, you have to reapply after a rain or watering, but it DOES work. (I have one dog and 6 cats who all used to think I worked myself to death putting in flower beds for them a new fancy bathroom.)

Mac/MS    Posted 04-10-2003 at 14:36:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Get a electric fence control, string up the wire around what you want to protect. A couple zaps will cure the urge to get in the beds. They will remember and you can take it down in a little while. I use it to keep them from digging under the fence, you can't push them to the fence now, they say no no that thing bites!!!

DeadCarp    Posted 04-10-2003 at 20:19:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, fencers are handy - i had a pesky squirrel that liked to chew holes in my cracked-corn sack so i suspended it in the garage and the squirrel started crawling thru the rafters to get to it. Well, one day i'd stitched a ground wire around thru the top of the sack, and hung the hot wire ring above it, and sure enough, here he came so i sat quietly and watched. Soon as he got on the sack, he alerted and flicked his tail a couple times, and WHACK - i swear he broke some records with that first step! Oh the things he called me as he was fleeing! I think everything remembers an electic shock :)

Randy    Posted 04-10-2003 at 14:31:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Maybe electric shock collars. You can run the wire all around the beds.

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