Landscape Tips For Avoiding Problematic Wildlife

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Having a beautiful and enjoyable yard while also trying to keep the neighborhood wildlife out can be a delicate endeavor. You want to enjoy some of the beauty of nature, but you don't want to deal with animal pests like skunks, porcupines, or raccoons. The following landscaping tips can help you create the perfect landscape while also discouraging problematic wildlife.

Tip #1: Install a Fence

A fence doesn't have to block the view. For most small wildlife, a low fence is all you need. For example, skunks can't climb and porcupines are unlikely to attempt to climb a fence. Rabbits tend not to jump over anything they can't see over. A fence, no matter the height, won't discourage raccoons or squirrels, so go low to avoid the pests you can while keeping your view. A half-fence in wood, vinyl or wrought-iron works well and is decorative. If you opt for pickets, make sure they are narrow so the problem animals don't slip through. You may also want to bury the fence a few inches into the ground to prevent animals from digging underneath.

Tip #2: Skip the Food Plants

Food is the main attractant to animal pests. When choosing plants for your landscape, avoid those that will result in lots of dropped fruit unless you plan to be consistent in cleaning it up. If you want the look of spring-flowering trees, for example, opt for an ornamental cherry or flowering dogwood instead of fruit-producing plums or crabapple trees. Choose hybrid roses over old-fashioned roses so the plants don't produce an abundance of edible rosehips. By making a few minor changes, you can eradicate major animal attractants.

Tip #3: Get Rid Of Den Sites

The next thing animals want is a safe place to sleep and raise a family. For many animals, this means areas of brush. Begin by mulching well beneath shrubs so weeds don't invade and create a hidden den. You may want to skip dense understory plants, like shrubs, and instead opt for annual or perennial flowers that provide low-growing cover without the density. This makes it harder for animals to find a hiding place. Finally, be careful with your decorative items and structures. Make sure decks or gazebos don't have spaces beneath them where animals can slip in and hide. Avoid using old stumps or hollow logs as decorative items. The goal is to avoid adding any new hiding places to the landscape.

Talk to a local landscaper from a company like Dansons Landscaping Inc for more help in designing the perfect yard.

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22 February 2016

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