No matter how cute deer, chipmunks, rabbits, and squirrels are, they can be really troublesome once they enter our gardens. They don’t have preferences regarding flavor and each and every veggie in your garden will be their target.
Unfortunately, store-bought repellents contain chemicals that can harm these animals, so it would be better to use some natural solutions.
What if I told you that you can use plastic forks to keep animals out of your vegetable garden? It may sound strange, but this is a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to repel animals.
Let’s learn more!
Why Use Plastic Forks To Repel Animals?
One of the main reasons to use forks as pest repellent is that they don’t contain chemicals that can harm animals. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about chemical residue on your veggies after harvest.
All you need to do is take a bunch of plastic forks and stick them in the ground all throughout your veggie garden. Make sure the tines stay above the ground line.
Believe it or not, that’s all you need to do if you decide on using this method. Now let’s see why this interesting technique works.
Reasons Why Plastic Forks Keep Animals At Bay
When I first heard of this method, I thought how on earth can forks repel animals?! Well, the reasons may surprise you.
Once a squirrel or rabbit sees the forks, they’ll think forks are predators and will make a hasty retreat.
Some animals may be brave and approach forks but as soon as the tines poke them, they’ll run and won’t come back.
The last reason, and probably the most logical, is that animals can detect human scent on forks. Remember, they see us as larger predators and our scent on utensils is a red flag.
Other Eco-friendly Ways To Repel Animals From Your Veggie Garden
Gardeners use many different methods for controlling pests. Apart from utensils, you can use fragrant herbs as pest repellents.
Mint and rosemary make excellent pest repellents because of their strong fragrance. If you need plants that will keep squirrels out of your garden, consider marigolds or alliums.
You can also make sprays from essential oils, such as peppermint, and spray the plants in your veggie garden to protect them from animals.
Irish Spring soap is frequently used for keeping critters away from our prized vegetable gardens. This method includes putting a bar of this soap in a small sack and tying it to a wooden stake.
You can make as many stakes as you want; stick them around your garden, and animals won’t come near.
Did you ever think that a plastic fork can be used as a pest repellent? No matter how weird it seems, this is a cheap and easy way to keep animals from our gardens, which is, in fact, our main goal.