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Cows are eating my plants - help


By Mephams

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

I have just moved to a house with a garden which backs on to open fields with cows which is lovely but... There is only barbed wire in certain parts of the boundary and I want to plant some large plants, bushes, shrubs, trees preferably with some colour. I planted a buddlia and the cows devoured it completely by leaning over the fence. Is there anything cows wont eat? I have planted a holly tree and am waiting to see if that survives. If not I guess I will have to invest in a high fence but I'd rather not.



"Is there anything cows wont eat?" - probably not.

4 Sep, 2008


It is certainly not in the best interests of the cows to be eating your plants - some things we grow are very poisenous to livestock - so it might be worth asking the farmer to put in an inner fence to keep the cows at neck-length from the actual boundary. I've had involvement with horses in teh past, and it's quite normal to have an inner fence (an electric one normally with horses) -doesn't have to be very substantial then. Hope this helps.

4 Sep, 2008


I agree with Sid, If you can talk to the Farmer i'm sure he will be very pleased that you've let him know the last thing he'll want is poorly cows the cost to fix the fence up will be less than vets bills so worth his while. Hope all goes well.

4 Sep, 2008

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