An effective feline deterrant suggestion
One of the bugbears of gardening amidst neighbours who love cats is discovering their toilet whilst you are weeding. If you also have young children playing in your garden who you want to encourage to share in your gardening pleasure the problem is still more loathesome…..
I tried the sonic devices which are expensive and not foolproof by any means. Or may be my neighbours had deaf cats! Anyway . . .
I found growing Berberis to be a surprisingly useful plant. B. darwinii is the prettiest with bright orange/yellow flowers about now (April) and B. stenophylla (I think) has perhaps the longest thorns but any berberis may be used. My B. stenophylla is located harmlessly (for me) in the back corner of one border where my neighbour’s cats USED to enter. It’s now five feet across and eight feet high and I enjoy the bright yellow flowers to boot!
Around the same period I had an evening primrose running along the top of a low wall beside the lawn in the front garden. It used to annoy me no end to sit down of an evening after work, gaze across the lawn and see felix snuggled up and supremely comfortable amidst my primrose after doing his/her toilet elsewhere in my garden. Until that is, when I snipped off some berberis branches left them in the greenhouse to dry out and lose their leaves over a few days. Then one day I lifted my primrose and slipped the bare branch with its natural deterrent underneath. I never saw a cat there again. I just have to remember not to sit on my primrose!!! LOL (As if …………)
- 5 Apr, 2008
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