The Most Dangerous Animals for a Garden

Human agriculture has been around for about 10,000 years, and people have always had problems protecting the fruits of their labor. Even today, gardeners across the country have problems protecting their fruits and vegetables from wild animals that love to burrow and steal from a garden.

In order to help you protect your garden, it's great to know which animals cause the most problems. If you know these animals, you'll have a better chance of spotting potential problems and saving the garden that you work so hard on. The animals that bring the most problems are:

Deer are skittish, but they will tear up a garden.

Deer
Some deer can be extremely skittish, but there are a large portion of deer that love to rummage through gardens and yard in search of some of their favorite foods. Some of their favorite foods include: peaches, cherries, plums, strawberries, crabapples, green beans, pumpkin, hemlocks, and tulips.

The signs to look for when checking to see if a deer has been going through your yard are jagged edges on your plants' leaves, hoof marks, and bean shaped droppings. Make sure to be careful around deer! Each year, there are reports of deer attacking humans, so don't get too close unless you are an experienced professional.

Opossums love to eat insects!

Opossums
Opossums love to eat a variety of vegetables and small animals. In fact, their favorite snacks are usually insects, which are overly abundant in a garden. Between the vegetables and the elevated amount of insects, gardens are the smorgasbord that all possums dream of.

Rabbits are extremely clean eaters that prefer to eat vegetable when they are in their seedling stage.
Rabbits
Rabbits have ravenous appetites and often find themselves in people's gardens. Unlike other animals that leave jagged, wild damage, rabbits leave a clean-cut mark in a garden. Leaves and stems are methodically munched in clean-cut patterns by rabbits; this is one of the distinct signs that a rabbit has been in a garden.

Rabbits love to eat flowers, clover, peas, beans, and lettuce. However, they are particularly fond of eating foods while they are still in their seedling stage and before they have fully developed.

Raccoons love to make a mess when they eat.

Raccoon
Raccoons are nocturnal eaters and love to munch on sweet corn, peas, potatoes, and fruit trees. Typically, raccoons love to eat where there are trees and a source of water, but their vulture-like nature pushes them to eat anything, anywhere. Identifying if a raccoon has been in your garden is pretty easy. Raccoons are messy eaters and love to leave messes. So, if your yard has a lot of holes dug in it or if things from your garden have been tossed around, then it's quite possible that a raccoon has been making after hour visits.

The Scarecrow Sprinkler can offer up to 1200 square feet of protection!

Use a Scarecrow Sprinkler
Undoubtedly, all of these animals can be a nuisance and wreak havoc on your garden. But, there is a tool that will help solve all of your problems. It's the Scarecrow Sprinkler. The Scarecrow Sprinkler is a motion activated water sprinkler that is designed to scare off potential intruders.

The Scarecrow Sprinkler covers up to 1200 square feet and sprays 3 cups worth of water as a deterrent. This is the perfect solution because it only uses water and doesn't introduce any poisonous elements into your fresh garden. The only thing needed to get your Scarecrow Sprinkler up and running is a 9 volt battery.

By: Tim Snyder
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