How to Keep Your Crops Safe From Animals

How to Keep Your Crops Safe From Animals

Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be very rewarding. But sometimes, it can also feel like a battle, with every creature in your garden just waiting for the chance to devour your carefully nurtured plants. Here are our top tips on keeping your crops safe from everything that wants to eat them.

Slugs and snails

These slimy critters are consistently top of gardeners’ lists of most hated garden pests, coming in under cover of darkness and demolishing plants and seedlings.  Keep on top of them with these tips:

Untidy gardens give slugs and snails plenty of places to hide, so clear out the clutter. Remove old leaves and weeds, and put them on your compost heap, far away from beds.

  • Copper tape around the tops of pots discourages slugs and snails, as they don’t like to cross it.
  • One of the most effective ways to protect your plants is to go slug-hunting late at night with a torch, remove any slugs and snails from your plants and dispose of them.
  • And of course, if nothing else works, there are always slug pellets, but do make sure to always use environmentally-friendly pellets.

Rabbits and deer

Rabbits and deer might look cute, but they’re not good news in the vegetable garden, devouring all your precious seedlings. Good fencing is the best defence against these hungry visitors. The fencing should go down 30cm (1ft) below ground to stop rabbits burrowing under it. A 1.2m (4ft) high fence should keep the rabbits out – for deer, make it 1.8m (6ft) high. Surround young tree seedlings with wire to stop rabbits gnawing the bark and killing the tree.

You can buy chemical repellants for both rabbits and deer at garden centres. They need to be applied regularly to be effective. You can also try soaking cotton wool buds in peppermint oil and leaving them around the garden, replacing them regularly.

Birds

Birds will peck at the leaves of vegetables, especially brassicas like kale and cabbage, and strip fruit bushes. To protect soft fruit, net the bushes once the fruit ripens, keeping the netting taut so that small birds don’t get tangled in it. Protect brassicas with netting supported on canes or hoops.

Squirrels

Squirrels are notorious for digging up spring bulbs planted in pots and beds, especially tulip and early iris bulbs, which they see as a tasty meal especially buried for their convenience.

To deter squirrels, peg down chicken wire over areas planted with bulbs. This stops the squirrels from digging, and the bulbs can grow up through the wire. You can remove the wire once shoots start appearing, as squirrels seem less inclined to dig up bulbs once they have started to grow.

We have a wide range of solutions in the centre to keep your plants safe and healthy, so visit us today. Our staff are always happy to advise!

You might also be interested in:

The variety of indoor plants is endless and beautiful

Step into the enchanting realm of indoor plants, where the variety is not just abundant but also stunningly beautiful. From lush foliage to vibrant blooms, each plant brings its unique charm, turning our homes into thriving green havens. In this exploration, we'll revel in the endless variety of leaves, the captivating beauty of flowers, and the special properties that make indoor plants not only visually appealing but also fascinating contributors to our living spa...

Read more...
Recognize and prevent pests on indoor plants

In the tranquil realm of indoor plants, a hidden threat can occasionally lurk – pests that have the potential to disrupt the harmonious greenery of our homes. As caretakers of these botanical companions, it's crucial to arm ourselves with knowledge on recognising and preventing pests. In this guide, we'll explore common culprits, understand the signs of infestation, and delve into effective strategies to keep our indoor plants thriving, pest-free, and vibrant.

<...Read more...
Cutting houseplants - Is it really necessary?

In the world of indoor gardening, the topic of cutting or pruning houseplants often raises questions and uncertainties. Do our leafy companions truly benefit from the occasional trim, or is it an unnecessary intervention? In this exploration, we'll unravel the mysteries surrounding cutting houseplants, understanding the reasons behind this practice and discovering the potential benefits it can bring to the health and aesthetics of our indoor greenery.

...

Read more...
Room design with indoor plants for a green jungle

Transforming your living space into a lush green jungle is not just a design choice; it's a commitment to infusing vitality and tranquillity into your home. In this guide, we'll embark on a journey to create a botanical haven within your four walls. From selecting the right plants to arranging them in harmonious clusters, let's explore how room design with indoor plants can turn your home into a vibrant and refreshing oasis.

...

Read more...
Sign up to our newsletter!

Sign up to receive our special offers!

Click here to sign up!