Gardener shares 'cheap' way to stop cats ruining your garden

If cats are ruining your Spring garden work, rest assured there is an answer. Cats can dig up your flowerbeds or foul all over the lawn, but there's a way to stop them.

A simple homemade spray will do the trick, according to one expert. Gardening guru George from Primrose has let slip that the most effective method to keep cats at bay is to "get creative" with a DIY cat repellent spray.

George assures that this concoction is "simple" and "very cheap" to whip up, as it's made from common household items probably sitting in your kitchen right now. Homemade solutions are often successful in repelling these crafty creatures because cats possess a potent sense of smell, making them particularly averse to strong odours they find overpowering.

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Here's how to create your own cat-repelling spray for the garden, reports the Express.

George advises: "Mix together lemon juice, rosemary and white vinegar three things cats detest. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle for easy application around the garden. Just spritz it where the cats frequent on planters, patios, or even indoors."

Citrus scents like those from lemons, oranges, and limes are among the top choices for deterring cats since they contain limonene and linalool, substances that are toxic to cats if consumed. The smell is not only unpleasant for cats but can trigger an instinctive aversion in them, which can signal an area is potentially dangerous so they will avoid it.

This natural method is an effective way to keep cats away from your garden while also being safe to use around your plants, cheap to make and cruelty-free for the animals.George said: "A cat's sense of smell is 40 times more effective than a human's, which is why these scented options work so well."

"If you're using one of the spray methods, make sure to reapply after each rainfall has washed the previous effort away."