It’s no secret that one of the most annoying and frustrating things about having a garden is keeping all of those pests out of it.  From squirrels, rabbits, mice, snakes, dogs, and yes…even small children, the list of living creatures that can wreak havoc on your plants and vegetables is never ending.  Nobody wants to grow a garden full of delicious vegetables only to have them consumed prematurely by varmint.  So whats the best way to keep these unwanted guests away from your garden?  Well, fortunately you have several options.

One might think that the simplest option is to install a fence.  And yes…this can be a great option, but not any old fence will do the trick.  Most fences, as you may know, have holes in them.  Often these “holes” are more than big enough for a wide variety of animals to get into your garden easily.  In most instances a wired fence, much like a screen door, will need to be affixed to an existing fence or a newly installed fence.  These wired fences can usually be purchased from your local hardware store and are not terribly expensive.  To install them you will either need to secure them to your fence with staples or some type of zip ties.  Ask your local hardware store for advise on how to install the wired screen to your fence surrounding your garden.  If you are considering what type of fence to install around your garden, a local fence company such as can be of great help.

There are several types of fencing that can be installed, including inexpensive aluminum chain link fence and more expensive cast iron fence.  Obviously, the more customized the fence you select is, the more money you will be shelling out to have it installed.  I recommend a wooden fence.  Often these are easily to install yourself and the wood makes it very easy to affix the wired screen fencing mentioned above with the use of staples and a staple gun.  There are several online videos that can aid in the installation of such a setup.  I’ll include a video below that may help you along the way.

What if you don’t want a fence?  Possibly you think a fence will take away from the beauty of your fence.  Understandable.  Guess what?  You have options.  Now I’m not going to tell you to put a scarecrow in your garden.  Although I think scarecrows are pretty awesome, and they certainly keep a lot of creatures away.  However, they aren’t that great to look at.   Once again, a trip to your local hardware store is probably your best option at this point.  Depending on what type of animal you are having trouble with, they hardware store will have repellent specific to certain animals.  Often these repellents come in pill form.  The animal will simply ingest the pellet, and then die.  Yes, not very humane perhaps, but it takes care of the problem efficiently.  There are pellets available that are made for multiple types of animals so you don’t have to buy 20 different boxes of pellets.  One size kills all…if you will.

Traps are also a good option and can be purchased at all hardware stores.  The only problem with traps is that you have to figure out something to do with the captured critter.  If you have a wooded area close to your house, it is a good idea to release them into the woods.  Hopefully they don’t find their way back to your garden.  Good luck!