Of course, you love your four-legged friend, but dogs can wreak havoc on your garden if they're not kept out. Dogs love to dig in the dirt, chew on things, and can generally do a number on the garden you've worked so hard to grow and maintain. Here are a few safe, all-natural ways you can keep Fido out of the garden so you can enjoy it without worry.
You can find chili pepper as a common ingredient in many store-bought dog-repelling formulas. A naturally occurring substance known as capsicum is found in these peppers and it's highly irritating to dog's skin, particularly around their nose which can cause sneezing. You can use all-natural chili pepper powder and sprinkle it around the perimeter of your garden to keep nosy pups out. Keep in mind that capsicum is also irritating to humans, so wear a mask and protective goggles before you sprinkle it along the edge of your garden.
Ammonia And Vinegar
Dogs strongly dislike the pungent aroma of ammonia. Even though it smells very strong to people, it's even more repulsive to canines. Soak some cotton balls in ammonia and place them around the areas of your garden you want to keep the dog out. Vinegar is also a good deterrent for dogs. You can use the same method using white vinegar to keep dogs at bay. Just be aware that ammonia and vinegar can kill plants if it's poured directly into the ground, so only use the cotton ball method to distribute it around the garden. You will need to re-apply the cotton balls on a regular basis as they dry out from the sun or get soaked by the rain.
Strong citrusy smells are another effective dog deterring method. Dogs are not fond of citrus, so they'll most likely sniff around and move on after they detect the scent. You can use lemon or orange peels and just sprinkle them around the garden. Natural oils are another good option. Mix some lemon or orange concentrated oil with a small amount of water and put it in a spray bottle. Then, spray the solution around your garden to encourage your pets to dig elsewhere. All of these unique yet effective dog-repelling techniques will keep your garden protected without causing any harm to your pets, and they're all natural so they won't cause excess harm to the environment. Contact a business, such as Sound Defense, for more information.