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Back in January, I asked on Facebook which specific critters, insects, or plant diseases have been the most problematic to your garden. So many of you chimed in with responses. Most people named one or more adorable but destructive critter; quite a few people mentioned insects; and no one mentioned any plant diseases.
To keep this post from becoming a novel, destructive insects and plant diseases will be addressed as separate posts.
Here’s how I see these adorable but destructive critters:
Nearly all of them will fit into one, some as many as three, category based on how they move about: flyers, tall walkers, short walkers, climbers, and diggers. Many solutions for one animal will prevent all animals in that category from getting into your garden. Of course, that won’t always be the case, but many times it will be.
I’ve included at the end of this post a nifty little table I created of various critters and the category in which they fit.
1. Cinder Blocks
Okay. This idea is not for the faint of heart. If you consider yourself a leisure gardener, this will NOT appeal to you. It will take a one-time big investment of sweat and brawn.
If you’re bound and determined to live off your land and keep persistent diggers out of your garden, here’s an idea I had:
- Dig a trench 8 inches wide x 8 inches deep around the perimeter of your garden.
- Place cinder blocks – with openings vertically oriented!! – back-to-back in the trench.
- Bury the cinder blocks with the dug-up dirt.
If you’re up to the physical workout, you could even go two cinder blocks deep. (It only took me about 5-10 minutes to dig one hole for a cinder block, as seen in above photo.)
Don’t get in so much of a hurry that you forget the simple things, like making sure the cinder block openings are vertically oriented. Otherwise, you’ve just unwittingly constructed an elaborate underground tunnel highway INTO your garden.
2. Motion Detector Sprinkler System
John is an engineer and an amazing problem-solver.
The first house we lived in, we had a very nice neighbor next door who had a few cats. When our gravel driveway got wet from rain or the late night or early morning dew, the cats would walk around gathering the gravel dust onto their paws, as much as their paws could hold, – oh, yes, it was intentional – and then jump onto our cars and make these *adorable* paw prints all over them.