Raccoons love to garden. Actually, they love to visit your garden because you have tasty things there. If you are having trouble keeping the destructive little critters out of your prize hydrangeas and heirloom tomatoes, consider using raccoon repellent and other tricks that will keep them away from your garden and out of your yard. There are simple steps you can take to keep raccoons out of garden areas.
Tips to Keep Raccoons Out of Garden Areas
1. Start with a mesh fence. While mesh may not be your first choice in fence materials, it will keep the raccoons from climbing because the mesh will not hold their weight. Make your fence 5 or 6 feet tall, and make sure the bottom of it is securely fastened to the ground so the raccoons cannot dig beneath it. If you cannot manage a fence, try draping some mesh over your fruits and vegetables. Raccoons are especially fond of watermelon, strawberries, and squash. Keep what you can covered. It is easy to lift the mesh when you need to water, prune, or harvest.
2. Remove all other temptations. If you have a dog or a cat, keep their food indoors. Raccoons will want sniff around for food belonging to other animals and they love to play in water dishes. Keep your dog outside at night if it is safe. Regardless of the breed, he or she will make a good guard dog when it comes to chasing smaller animals out of the garden.
3. Use scent. Raccoons have a heightened sense of smell, and if they pick up the scent of something they fear, they will stay away. Leave your sweaty workout clothing near the garden, or an old sheet you have been sleeping on but have not laundered. You can also find predator urine and other types of raccoon repellent in house and garden supply stores or hardware stores. It comes in granules or as a spray, and if you apply it to places you have seen raccoons, they will likely avoid the area. Just be careful not to contaminate your garden.
4. Raccoons also dislike noise. If you can leave a radio or tape recorder in your garden without bothering your neighbors, you will have a good chance of keeping the raccoons out. You can also try an ultrasonic repellent device that will bother raccoons’ ears but not your own.
It can be frustrating to try and stay one step ahead of raccoons. They are smart, pesky, and stubborn little critters that can do a lot of damage to your perfectly tended garden. Find a raccoon repellent that works, and do not give up on chasing them away.