Averting cat-astrophes

Cats are among the most persistent of garden pests. Even if you love your pet cat to bits, it's no fun discovering they've been using your garden as a toilet. If it's your neighbour's cat it's downright infuriating.

Luckily cats are fastidious creatures and it's relatively easy to make your garden into a no-go zone they'll prefer to avoid. Here's how.

Get a dog: perhaps not always practical, but cats will avoid your garden like the plague.

Avoid patches of bare, dry soil: these have 'cat litter tray' written all over them. After sowing seeds, poke prickly rose, holly or hawthorn prunings into the ground every 15cm or so to keep cats clear.

Use large-grade gravel: small chippings on pathways and drives are inviting to cats, so use larger stones instead.

Hang citrus peel among your plants: cats hate oranges and lemons, so hang fresh peel among vulnerable plants.

Please ask the staff in our garden centre in Templeogue for more information and advice about keeping cats off your garden.

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