This has probably been discussed already but what can you do to keep dogs and cats from playing in the gardens. I remember something about hot peppers but not sure what. Do you make a spray are ground them up. Please help I don't want to disown my babies.
I worked around the dogs. They have paths and I've found that it's just best to move an element rather than try to move them. They have decided that the rock paths are ok - they use them as long as they are compatible with the trips around the house.
My question is, how do you keep the heifers out???
LOL - impossible!
For dogs training. Keep in mind that they love you and want to please you. Be vigilant and make sure you notice the first steps into the forbidden zone whenever you're out there. Try to keep a watch when they're out but you're not. Respond instantly with your stern displeased voice. They will not get it immediately but they will get it. Keep after em. They'll try to tease you and pretend they don't remember. Don't let up for a second. It takes a while but it's doable.
Cats on the otherhand, only seem to respond to direct attack. i use foot long pieces of coat hanger poked thru established perennials. The coat hanger is not as unsightly as you might think. Lengths of chicken wire or similar over a freshly planted bed is effective.
I just posted a response to using cedar mulch on beds to deter pests... my response is that my cats seem to avoid digging in the beds more when there is fresh cedar mulch. However, they love to dig in the pine bark mulch!
Ive heard you can lay down old rose canes to keep cats out of a bed. As far as dogs go, I have two. The german shepard is very good, and walks only on the paved pathways in my garden. The other is an exciteable husky, who loves to run through my flower beds at 100 miles an hour. After several broken plants, he has had his garden privalages revoked for the time being. He is good at sitting on command, but sometimes he sits right on top of my plants. O well. My big problem is with squirrels. I have put in a border of columbines, and have pulled up 39 walnut seedlings so far this year. Its a never ending battle.
With repetitious reminding of where they can and cannot walk, they will probably learn.Unfortunately our four-legged friends are very loyal and want to follow us everywhere. Costant reminding has worked for my 7 dogs. A digging pit of there own works if digging is the problem.
As for those walnut seedlings...they might find homes with some folks here at DG
Someone told me that leaving the rose cane cuttings in the beds would keep the cats from using it as a litter box. Well it seems to work but I discovered that it also keeps me out of the bed for weeding...ouch! Had to rake away all the mulch to clean it up just to weed the bed! no more of that for me!