Keeping Cats Out of Gardens

Here is a list of ways to keep your gardens cat-free.  For more information, please consult a gardener.

Cat deterrents for your garden:

  • chicken wire
  • toothpicks
  • plastic forks
  • black pepper
  • aluminum foil
  • cinnamon
  • bramble, barberry, hawthorn, or rose bush cuttings laid on the soil surface
  • heavy bark mulch or wood chips
  • motion sensor sprinklers
  • blood meal fertilizer
  • gutter covers
  • citrus peels
  • river rock or stone mulch over the exposed soil
  • garlic
  • short twigs throughout the planted area about 6" apart
  • holly leaves
  • rue
  • essential oils of orange, lemon, lime, citrus, lemon grass, citronella, mustard
  • pine cones strewn on surface
  • lavender
  • keep your area damp; cats like dry soil
  • Capped jam jars or clear plastic bottles half full of water left at intervals in the flower beds. Cats are scared away by the bottle because light travels through the bottle and the water which is then reflected away like laser beams in different directions giving off little flashes.

Give them their own areas to keep them out of where you don't want them. Plant cat-attracting plants into those areas.

  • Plants that attract cats are catnip, purple fountain grass, barley grass, oat grass, wheat grass, flax, wheat berries, cat mint, Carex elata 'Bolwes Golden', valerian, Jacob's Ladder, lemon grass, Striped Ribbon Grass (only in a container),cat thyme, silver-vine, mints (only in a container), sweetgrass

Give them their own areas to dig in with loose soil and/or fine-textured mulch