Gardening tips to keep the animals at bay

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With the beautiful weather comes the urge to get digging in the garden. But as you clean...

With the beautiful weather comes the urge to get digging in the garden. But as you clean and prepare for a fresh group of spring plants, you'll want to know which plants will keep the animals at bay. Use these gardening tips to get started.

Poisonous plants

Bleeding hearts and daffodils are two of the more toxic plants that even the most daring deer will usually avoid. Tomato plants and grape vines are also dangerous to animals. Thankfully dogs, deer and other animals have great senses and call tell when they should steer clear of certain plants, so the risk of hurting them is minimal. And poisonous plants and flowers often have bright and beautiful hues that warn animals to stay away before they even get a whiff.

Prickly plants

Plants with thorns or bristles are tough for animals to eat and dig around. Cacti and strawflowers are just two examples of vegetation that have adapted to defend themselves against hungry animals. Obviously, those same defenses can hurt you, too, so wear gloves when handling plants with thorns, spines and prickles.

Tall plants

Invest in tall flowering trees and vines to combat some of the less agile animals that enter your property. Any garden should have room for a gorgeous magnolia tree, the seeds of which can provide birds the only creatures who can reach with helpful energy as they migrate. Remember to buy a relatively mature product, already high enough to discourage the ground dwellers. Vines such as morning glory and sweet pea are a favorite that most animals have a hard time reaching when in full bloom.

Smelly plants

Nature has some natural defenses to keep predators away, smell being one of the most common ones. Just like the friendly neighborhood skunk, there are plants and flowers that emit smells to deter hungry animals. Citronella is one such plant; its scent is used as a popular bug repellent. Cats, in particular, do not like citronella.

Plants that taste awful

Some plants contain a chemical called linalool that makes them smell good but taste awful. Animals might initially be drawn to the pleasant order, but they quickly realize this plant is not a great snack option. For us, the sweet smell of these plants, such as basil, will add to the atmosphere of your garden.

Use these gardening tips to help prevent animals from snacking on your plants. If you continue to have trouble, seek the help of an Atlanta landscaping specialist.

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