They say the best defense is a good offense, so why not apply this principle to your vegetable garden?
If you’ve got a murder of crows hanging around just waiting to attack your corn, or you’ve got particularly persistent deer, groundhogs, moles, rabbits, raccoons and dogs that won’t leave your garden alone and you simply don’t have the budget to fence everything off, try scaring them away.
If you have a cat that likes to hunt, you’ll have help keeping some of the birds and squirrels, as well as the mice or rats away. Garden snakes will do the same with a number of insects, so don’t kill them or try to drive them off (just make sure you know the difference between a harmless little garden snake and a copperhead rattlesnake).
You could also try the low-budget approach of blowing up balloons, attaching ribbons, and tying them to your plants – if you don’t mind the sight of balloons and ribbons bobbing around in your garden. Or you could buy this:
If you are not so keen on the idea of a giant orange monster head bobbing around in your garden, you might want to try a more low-key approach by purchasing a “guardian owl” or two…
If gadgets are your thing, you might want to consider an ultrasonic motion-activated device that will drive away the 4-legged furry critters that might want to graze in your garden when you’re not looking. The two animal repellent devices below work in a similar manner, but for added fun, one of them also shoots out a stream of water at the intruder.
If you’ve got burrowers, here’s another gadget you can use to humanely get rid of the problem. Just stick it in the ground and drive them away.