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 Use scent to deter foxes


Foxes have a very strong sense of smell and will eat almost anything. Gardens with chickens or rabbits, or bird feeders, accessible pots, and crops are particularly attractive. You can use some scents to deter foxes, they are said to dislike the smell of chilies and garlic, so pour boiling water and spray your garden as a fox repellant. Other animal repellents are available, but be aware of the risk to other wildlife and always read the manufacturers' instructions carefully. If a territory is marked by a fox, it will take some effort to move them, and if they feel their territory is being threatened, they may increase the amount of marking.

Is your garden ready for cooler temps

 Simple steps to prepare your garden for winter weather As temperatures drop in the fall , it's time to prepare your garden for winter. When the weather gets colder it can seem like there isn't much going on in your yard. However, there is a lot going on in the soil until it freezes. This is especially true for newly planted trees and shrubs , divisions of perennials, and hardy spring bulbs. All of these plants have profusely growing roots to anchor themselves to the ground. And earthworms and soil microbes are still at work, processing organic matter into nutrients that plants need. While nature has its own ways of coping with the colder months, there are a few things you can do to help prepare your plants for winter. 1. Mulch your perennials As long as they are hardy where you live, perennials will return year after year. Preparing hardy plants for winter does not require much effort from you. But watch out for freezing temperatures if your area gets frost and th