I garden for an old lady and cats keep pooping. They only seem to do it on the south side of the garden, not sure if this has any relevance. Any suggestions on how to deter cats either from the garden or at least to stop them pooping? They even do it on the lawn.
It's great fertilize and cats have been doing this since gardens and cats have been in the world....pretty much forever. Why bother to try and stop such a natural thing? I have been eating out of cat poop gardens all my life, as has my mother before me and her mother before her, ad infinitum. No one has suffered any cat-related illnesses or parasitic fall-out and we all grow lovely, productive gardens. Embrace the kitty sugar and wash yer veggies...it's a simple fix.
cats prefer dryer loose soil. easier to dig in....if you keep the soil moist or mulched that might help deter them, so they will look for a new place to go. The area you refer to in the garden they like best?? see if you can adjust the conditions to make it less appealin for cats.
cats love the fresh tilled dirt. so in the spring they are pooping all over the garden.....but as I let the weeds fill in the walk ways and the plants and vegetables take over the rows the cats stop pooping. it is not an easy place for them to go any more. But then they have another reason to be in the garden....they stalk bunnies and mice and moles. so for me a little cat poop is worth the reward of the rodent removal.
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A cat-a-pult and a dog sound like great ideas. She's never go for the cat poop as fertiliser Jay. Tel the garden is fenced off but they just get over the tall fences. I have mentioned the idea of cat nip to her though, so that's a possibility.
Thelma these cats seem to like the soil what ever it is and like I mentioned they only seem to go on the South side of the garden. I did mulch it but this just seemed to attract more poo. she doesn't do her garden much as she has a bad back so it's not really tilled and I've not tilled it for ages. I have suggested that she try to fill her garden with as many plants as possible. They poop on the lawn too so not sure how will stop them doing that. I think I'll keep encouraging her to buy as many plants as possible to stop the little critters.