I've caught them rolling around in my glorious borders of purple nepeta, otherwise known as catmint red rag to a bull, I hear you say, but when I planted it years ago, I had no idea it would be such a moggie magnet , using my trees and shrubs as scratching posts and using a variety of areas of the garden to do their business.
I don't particularly want to dig my catmint up, but it might be prudent to replant it in a different place so that local cats will disregard other areas of my garden.
To date, the best deterrent I've found was a high-powered water pistol bought from a car boot sale for 50p which I left at the patio door and fired maniacally every time a cat dared to cross my garden path.
One fellow gardener reckons that the only way to stop neighbours' cats wandering in is to have your own cat preferably a tom , as this generally keeps other animals out of your garden. Alternatively, try to stop them getting in. Block your boundary gaps with prickly plants or prunings such as holly. Fit wire or string cm above the top of fences to make it difficult for cats to balance on them. Another solution is an old gamekeeper's trick.
Place half-full plastic bottles in borders, as the light reflection off the bottle is supposed to deter animals. Again, mailshot and other unwanted CDs can provide a shining light deterrent when threaded on twine with knots in between to keep them apart. Both community gardens run working bees on the second Saturday of every month, starting at 9am. For more information on the Marton garden, phone 06 , email martoncommunitygarden gmail.
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