Deer and rabbits are beautiful creatures, but they can wreak havoc on your beautiful gardens and landscaping, and the damage can be expensive to fix. And while you may be tempted to use pesticides to keep insects from eating away at your plants, you could end up killing beneficial insects as well, throwing off the ecological balance of your yard.
This video will show you how to create natural pest barriers using plants and beneficial natural predators that will deter the types of insects and animals that are harming your gardens. There are many options for pest barriers that target specific pests, from rabbits to stinkbugs.
Deer can consume large amounts of foliage in a short period of time, leaving a jagged and torn surface on twigs and stems. Rabbits are also ravenous eaters; you can identify them by their bite marks, which are typically at a 45-degree angle. Among the trees that deer avoid are birch, juniper and spruce, as well as boxwood, lilac and spirea shrubs. Rabbits are a little trickier, but dogwood, hydrangea, lilac, yucca and day lilies are among the plants that help deter them.
Cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil are another easy, non-toxic way to keep rabbits from devouring your ornamental and edible plants. Deer will also avoid plants sprayed with a solution of water, liquid detergent and hot sauce.
In addition to plants, you can encourage healthy populations of natural predators that prey on insect pests. The addition of a toad house can help control bugs and slugs, and garter snakes will take care of crickets and grasshoppers. Common garden insects like ladybugs and spiders also help manage the types of bugs that do the most harm, like aphids and Japanese beetles.