Protecting your garden from wildlife visitors

I accept that I have created a rod for my own back...




I'm really passionate about wildlife gardening and do everything I can to attract furry, feathered and amphibious visitors; however, there are some parts of the garden that I'd prefer they left alone.


There is nothing more disheartening than waking up in the morning to find that the squirrels have dug up your freshly planted annuals in search of nuts. Or that a passing family of badgers have turned your newly laid lawn into a rugby pitch in their quest for earthworms. I've even seen blackbirds enthusiastically nosing through trays of delicate new seedlings. Here are some of the ways I've found to protect some of the more delicate parts of my garden from the rampaging of the local fauna.


Cloches


I have a wide variety of beautiful cloches, predominantly bought from Crocus or Rowen & Wren, which create a design feature while protecting my pots and new planting.


This cloche from Crocus stays in position year round protecting a selection of mini hostas in pots which I display on a reclaimed sewing machine table. It deters both squirrels and slugs.


It's great for protecting pots on a patio or hard surface. Note also the Laura Ashley globe hanging basket which not only prevents birds & squirrels digging up your baskets but also provides extra support for plants to grow through.


To protect smaller plants or seedlings in flower beds or on gravel drives I use these cloches which have spiked "feet" which push into the soil to ensure they can't be knocked over.




Again, these ones are from Crocus who seem to have the best range of stylish plant protection options. I move these around the garden when I'm putting in delicate new plants to deter the squirrels who are attracted to bare earth, they're also great for stopping the foxes, badgers and cats tramping over delicate new plants.


The larger square cloches are great for protecting larger areas, again they have spiked feet so they can't be knocked over, we do use tent pegs though to keep them extra secure.