How to Keep Rodents out of the Garden Naturally

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Are you wondering how to keep rodents out of the garden? We have a vegetable, herb and flower garden and it seems like they attract a fair share of rodents during the summer. Since rodents can bring diseases with them, that’s not something I really want to encourage. While we don’t mind birds and animals visiting our garden and even nibbling on the occasional zucchini, we don’t want to lose our entire crop.

How to Keep Rodents out of the Garden Naturally

Keep Rodents out of the Garden

So, how can you keep rodents out of the garden? Rodents can include a variety of different animals like mice, rats, squirrels, porcupines, and gophers. Not only do these animals eat the plants and vegetables you’re trying to grow, they often make burrows and tunnels underneath your garden which can destroy the root system and leave your lawn a mess of holes and bumps.

There are several DIY methods for ridding yourself of mice and other rodents. Here are a few that I’ve found really work.

Remove their shelter

This can be a challenge in the country. But, pay special attention to remove brush piles, compost piles, large areas of tall grasses, and scrap wood. All of these can provide shelter for rodents which will encourage them to stay in your yard.

Use live traps

If you’re wondering how to eliminate rats in the garden, larger animals can be caught in live traps. Check with the laws in your town and state about how they should be disposed of once you’ve caught them. Some places allow you to transport them to other areas. Others do not.

Plant peppermint

Mint is a natural rodent repellent. They do not like the way it smells and will avoid it. Be sure to plant mint around the borders of your garden or the area that rodents are most attracted to. Mint is aggressive and will have to be kept in check or it will take over your garden. Other plants that keep rats away include spearmint and marigolds.

How to Keep Rodents out of the Garden Naturally

Rodent repeller

You can place a solar-powered rodent repeller in your garden. This makes a noise that only rodents and small animals hear and will encourage them to avoid the area. Make sure that you check the reviews before you choose the specific one you want to use to keep rodents out of the garden.

Don’t mulch

I know that mulch is helpful to keep down weeds and that it helps hold moisture into the soil. Unfortunately, it also encourages rodents to come to visit and make their home in your garden. Try using stones instead which won’t be as attractive.

How to Keep Rodents out of the Garden Naturally

Irish Spring Soap

This is an old trick from back when my parents gardened. You can chop up Irish Spring Soap and crumble it around your garden. The rodents don’t like the way it smells. You will have to replace it eventually depending on how much rain you get.

It’s not possible to have a completely rat proof garden, but with these suggestions, you should be able to discourage them from visiting. Do you know of any other ways to keep rodents out of the garden?

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  1. Margaret S Porter says
    This is an interesting article. I have chipmunks and squirrels who wont leave our garden alone.
  2. Audrey Stewart says
    I have a problem with rabbits in my garden.
  3. Jenny Ham says
    I like the soap trick to keep away the rodents. Great idea.
  4. Beth Embrey says
    the moles in Mississippi are horrible and destroy everything from rose bushes to tomatoes. I am going to try the soap and see if it helps.
  5. Debra D Oehlberg says
    So far, no rodent problems, but pests are another story. Great article!

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