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Marigolds as Repellants Some of the most fragrant marigolds deter deer and rabbits, but only if they have other suitable forage. Birds, on the other hand, do not have as well developed olfactory organs and are not often discouraged by even heavily scented marigolds; grackles are especially bad about picking them apart.
Often marigolds, with their slightly bitter, sharp fragrance, are planted to try to keep grazing animals like deer and rabbits out of the yard. While these animals often avoid strong or unknown smells as possible dangers, marigolds do not keep either deer or rabbits out of the garden.
Marigolds, especially the Gem varieties, also are a favourite food of slimy slugs and Japanese beetles. As such, they have been used to stop Japanese beetle damage — by attracting the beetles away from other garden plants.
- 1 – Birds. Here’s an interesting one: birds don’t actually like to eat marigolds. …
- 2 – Slugs. One of the marigold’s biggest predators is the slug. …
- 3 – Rabbits. Rabbits are another natural predator to the marigold. …
- 4 – Grasshoppers. …
- 5 – Diseases.
Natural Squirrel Repellents There are also many natural repellents on the market: … One reader claims blood meal sprinkled around the garden soil works against squirrels. Plant nasturtiums, marigolds, and mustard as a border around your vegetable garden; these plants have a strong aroma.
Some gardeners have success in keeping pests away by incorporating plants species animals don’t like in their garden. Marigolds are good container plants, as they keep rabbits away and they don’t require much maintenance. Herbs such as mint and lavender have been known to keep pests away due to their taste.
Work the coffee grounds into the soil around tomatoes and corn, or sprinkle them on the soil around lettuce, beets, broccoli, beans, and peas to deter rabbits and squirrels.
Deer have a strong sense of smell, which they use to find accessible food sources. While there is no scientific evidence that coffee grounds will deter deer, the bitter smell of spent coffee grounds may signal to deer that humans are nearby and keep them away from your property.
Rabbits don’t like the smell of predators or death. … An edging of marigolds may deter rabbits. Plant deterrents. Onions, garlic, marigolds, lavender, catnip—many plants are credited with being deterrents to rabbits.
Marigold companion planting enhances the growth of basil, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, gourds, kale, potatoes, squash and tomatoes. Marigold also makes a good companion plant to melons because it deters beetles. Beans and cabbage are listed as bad companion plants for marigolds.
In addition to helping control nematodes, marigold flowers attract beneficial insects that not only pollinate, but also help control bad bugs. Beneficial insects attracted to marigolds include: hover flies, lady bugs and parasitic wasps.
Plants work to deter cats in two ways. … Cats are not fond of lavender (Lavandula), rue (Ruta graveolens), geraniums (Geranium), absinthe (Artemisia absinthium), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) or marigolds (Tagetes).
A. Snails and slugs eat irregular holes in marigold leaves and chew new flower buds before they open. They feed at night and affect the marigold plants at all stages of development. Slug injury is sometimes difficult to diagnose because slugs hide during the day.
Rabbits prefer young, tender shoots and are particularly fond of lettuce, beans, and broccoli. Flowers they like to nibble include gazanias, marigolds, pansies, and petunias. Young rabbits are curious and tend to sample many plants, even ones reputed to be rabbit-resistant.
Rabbits. Rabbits eat marigolds. … Fences will keep rabbits out of the garden, but if you’d rather not look at a wire fence around your marigolds, try using a ready-to-use rabbit repellent spray. Keep in mind that marigolds are edible, but once you spray them with the chemical repellent, you can’t eat them.