Here in Georgia, we’re known as explorers. Adventurers. Hunters and fishers and gardeners. Quite simply, we love the outdoors and the rest of the country knows it. On the West Coast it may seem incomprehensible to watch rabbits and deer wander through your backyard, but in Whitesburg or Perry it’s a normal Monday morning. But as much as we love nature and its explorers, many of our forest-dwelling friends wreak havoc on our landscapes.
Keep Wildlife from Invading Your Yard
We may entice spring birds into garden cool pools and relish butterflies that flit above our Zoysia grass lawns, but Georgians are less forgiving to creatures that nibble our grass and devour spring flowers. Animal activity begins increasing in late winter, so it’s crucial to introduce wildlife deterrents to your lawn in the early spring months. If you make it difficult for deer and rabbits to infiltrate your yard, your landscape is more likely to survive the spring.
- Add a fence to keep wildlife from your landscape
- Apply mulch to benefit plants and discourages roaming animals
- Intersperse pungent or prickly plants in gardens with vegetables and pansies
- Install a motion-sensor sprinkler system to keep your landscape fresh and scare away unwanted wandering wildlife
- Play outside with your pets
Protecting Georgia’s Wildlife
Hundreds of pesticides and wildlife deterrents line the shelves of home gardening stores. But what do generic pesticides do to your home? Many contain harsh chemicals that are toxic to animals—including your family’s pets. Others introduce toxins into runoff water. Before choosing chemical pesticides, try natural pest deterrents that encourage a lush, healthy lawn as they fight unwanted wildlife.
- Apply coffee grounds to your lawn. They naturally fertilize grass and deter slugs and insects, deer, and cats.
- Sprinkle bacon grease near vegetable gardens. Herbivorous animals dislike the smell.
- Chop cayenne peppers and sprinkle them around the edge of your yard.
Don’t deal with trodden turfgrass and munched perennials. Keep wildlife off the grass with natural remedies and safe deterrents for a lush, healthy landscape year-round.