6 Ways to Deter Badgers & Stop Them Digging up Your Lawn
Are you tired of badgers wreaking havoc on your pristine lawn? Don't despair – East Coast Fencing is here to help! In this blog post, we'll discuss 6 DIY-friendly methods to deter these pesky critters. Not only will these techniques help protect your lawn from badger damage, but they'll also ensure your garden stays as beautiful as ever.
1. Install Fencing
One effective way to keep badgers at bay is by installing fencing around the perimeter of your garden. Choose a sturdy material like galvanised steel mesh or chain-link and bury it at least 45 cm deep to prevent burrowing. Make sure that the fence panels are at least 125 cm high to stop the badgers from climbing over. East Coast Fencing offers a variety of fencing options to suit any garden style.
2. Use Badger Repellent
Badger repellent sprays typically contain a mix of natural ingredients, like garlic and chilli, that are harmless but repulsive to badgers. Apply the spray to areas where you've noticed digging or regular badger activity, and reapply every couple of weeks or after heavy rainfall.
3. Opt for Plant Deterrents
Strategically placing plants that badgers dislike can help deter them from your garden. For example, lavender, marigolds, and rosemary have scents that badgers find unappealing. Arrange these plants around the perimeter for added protection or near where you've noticed badger activity.
4. Install Motion-Activated Sprinklers
Installing a motion-activated sprinkler in your garden is an eco-friendly and non-invasive way to deter badgers and prevent them from digging up your lawn. When a badger approaches, the sprinkler will turn on and scare them away with a burst of water. This method is particularly useful if you've spotted badgers in your garden overnight since the pre-dawn hours are their prime digging time.
5. Create Barriers Around Vulnerable Areas
If badgers are targeting specific parts of your garden, such as flower beds or vegetable patches, create barriers using materials like chicken wire or wooden stakes to make it more difficult for them to dig. Remember to bury the barriers at least 45 cm deep to prevent them from tunnelling underneath.
6. Keep Your Bin Area Clean
Badgers are attracted to the smells produced by food waste, so keeping the area around your bins clean is essential. Store your food waste in secure containers, preferably with clips or locks. Additionally, clean the exterior of your bins regularly to remove any lingering food residue.
In conclusion, deterring badgers from digging up your lawn is achievable using a combination of these techniques. Begin by installing appropriate fencing around your garden and then assess what further measures are necessary based on the badgers' behaviour. With persistence and determination, you'll be able to regain control of your garden and enjoy a flawless lawn once again.
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