WHEN it comes to gardening, there are some pests that a straight up annoying and some that, although they're quite cute, destroy carefully planted blooms.

Foxes, wild rabbits, and even domestic cats can cause havoc in gardens.

Luckily, there are a few ways to keep the fluffy friends away from your flower beds safely.

Foxes

Although foxes are pretty adorable, especially as cubs, they can make mess of your garden, rummaging through bins and heading straight for any live stock.

Since they come out at night, they can be harder to spot and deter.

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The easiest way to ensure these creatures don't make a mess is it to ensure your bins are full secure.

Pickle strips can also be used to keep your boarders fox free, just lay the plastic coverings on the ground to stop them digging anything up.

Cats

Even if you have cats of your own, you might want to keep other people's cats away from your growing plants.

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These fluffy friends are protected by the Animal Welfare Act (2006), so it's vital that however you protect your garden wont harm them.

Cats are incredibly sensitive to strong smells, so mixing peppermint, lavender or cinnamon with water and spraying around your outdoor space is one easy way to banish them.

You can also add the peel from citrus fruits like lemons and oranges to your beds, since they also don't like the smell.

Badgers

Badgers are protected by the  Protection of Badgers Act (1992), so whatever you do it needs to be done with the welfare of the animal in mind.

Wire mesh can be laid over any areas of your garden that you want to protect.

Alternatively, you can install a motion sensor light to deter them, since they're nocturnal the bright light will startle them and they should leave.

Wild rabbits

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Rabbits graze on a wide verity of plants, so it's understanding if you want to keep them out of your carefully curated garden.

Since they usually enter from near by land and farms, one option is to make sure there are no caps in your fence, and adding netting to any obvious gaps.

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