Your first line of defense when keeping cats out of your garden is to make sure that you have your boundaries secure. If there are any gaps in your fence, you should make sure that you block them to prevent any low access. Cats are very agile animals, and can jump very high. Normally they can jump a fence, which is why you should also invest in string or taut wire across the top.
If a cat has made his way into your garden, it may be hard to get him out. Most people choose to use dogs, simply because dogs are known to dislike cats. There are several dog breeds out there that completely dislike cats, such as pit bulls and Dobermans. Cats are completely fearful of these breeds, and will flee if they see them around.
All cats are known to despise water as well. If you spot a cat in your garden, water almost always gets him out. All it takes is a bucket of water or a well aimed squirt with a garden hose to make him run away.
After you have hit the cat with water several times, he should get the hint not to come back anymore. If he comes back, simply squirt him or throw more water on him until he gets the idea.
Protecting your plants is a different story. Mothballs are said to be very effective, as cats dont like the smell. You can use mothballs around your plants, garden borders, or even along the fence. There are other repellents that you can use as well, such as cayenne peppers, tobacco, lavender oil, citronella oil, mustard oil, and even lemon grass oil.
If you visit your local hardware or lawn store, you can find motion activated sprinklers. They work great in keeping cats out of your garden. Once you install the sprinkler system and a cat comes into the area, the detector will pick up the cats presence and immediately shoot out a jet of water that will douse the cat. In most cases, all it takes is a few times of exposure to the sprinkler before a cat learns to stay out of that area.
Sound devices that feature high frequencies are also a great way to scare off cats, although they
are not annoying to humans.
You can find several different models, such as those that stay on all the time, and those that are motion detected. To use this type of device,
you will need to make sure that the model you have is strong enough to cover the entire area. If you model you are using is strong enough to cover your entire garden, it should suffice in scaring off any unwanted animals.
You can also use commercial repellents as well. Commercial repellents use scents to keep cats away, and
should not be used near any food crops. Due to their high chemical content, commercial repellents can pollute your crops. You can find them at your local department store, with several varieties to choose from, many of which will fend off other animals from your garden as well.
If you have a garden, it can be very annoying if cats and other animals decide to make your garden their home. If you stick to your guns and do your part, you can prevent them from bothering your garden or your crops. Once you have secured your boundaries around the garden, you should try using water first. If water
does not seem to work, you can look into another method, such as commercial
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The Buenos Aires Botanical Garden
(official name in Spanish language Jardín Botánico [[Carlos Thays]] de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
is located in the Palermo, Buenos Aires
neighborhood of Buenos Aires
The garden is triangular in shape, and is bounded by Sante Fé Avenue, Las Heras Avenue and República Árabe Siria Street.
The garden, which was declared a national monument in 1996, has a total area of and holds approx 5,500 species of plants, trees and shrubs, as well as a number of sculptures, monuments and five greenhouses.
Designed by French-born Argentine architect and landscape designer Carlos Thays
the garden was inaugurated on September 7, 1898. Thays and his family lived in an England
style mansion, located within the gardens, between 1892 and 1898, when he served as director of parks and walks in the city. The mansion, built in 1881, is currently the main building of the complex.
In recent years, the Botanical Garden has become home to a large population of cats. The cats are not feral animals born in the Garden, but are all domestic cats abandoned there by owners who wished for unknown reasons to get rid of their household cats. Garden authorities and security personnel have so far been unable to check the regular abandonment of unwanted household cats. Projects to remove the cats have been rejected due to objection from neighbors and animal protection agencies. Removal of the existing cats would not solve the problem of the cat population in the Garden, since, in summer, abandonment rates are so high as to be of 1 cat per day. Thanks to the dedication of volunteers in the animal protection community who formed a voluntary committee, a humane temporary solution became possible. Cats are allowed to live in the Garden; the volunteer committee feeds the cats, puts them up for adoption and provides vaccines and veterinary care for them, as well as organizes castration operatives, sometimes with the cooperation of [[Instituto de Zoonosis Luis Pasteur]]
The park has three distinct landscape gardening styles; the symmetric, the mixed and the picturesque, recreated in the Ancient Rome France and Oriental gardens.
:This holds species of tree that the first century Ancient Rome botanist Pliny the Younger had in his villa in the Apennine mountains such as Cupressaceae poplar , and Laurel family .
:This has a symmetric French style of the 17th and 18th century.
:In other areas the plants are ordered by origin; from Asia can be seen [[Ginkgo biloba]] from Oceania Acacia , Eucalyptus and Casuarina ; from Europe oak and hazelnut trees; from Africa bracken and Arecaceae .
There are also other plantae from the Americas such as Sequoioideae from United States and Chorisia speciosa (Palo Borracho), also called Floss silk tree from Brazil and Argentina. An abundant collection of flora from Argentina and the Southern Cone is present. In other sections plant species are systematically ordered by their Taxonomy (biology) qualification.
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Within the garden is the Municipal Gardening School Cristóbal María Hicken which is linked to the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Buenos Aires The garden also contains 33 artistic works including sculptures, busts and monuments. Among these are Los primeros Fríosby the Catalonia sculptor Miguel Blay y Fábregas Saguntoby Querol y Subirats Figura de mujerby Lola Mora and Saturnaliamade in bronze by Ernesto Biondi
Other attractions include the five winter-houses, the biggest of which is in Art Nouveau style and received recognition in the Paris Exposition Universelle (1889) in 1889. It has a length of a width of contains 2500 tropical plants and is considered to be the only winter-house in that style still conserved in the world.
There is also a monument entitled Indicador Meteorológico(Weather Indicator), designed by José Markovich, and presented by the Austro-Hungarian Empire community for the Exposición Internacional del Centenario (1910)
The Botanic Library has 1,000 books and 10,000 publications from all parts of the world, which are freely available to visitors. The park also contains a Botanical Museum.
*Mimi Böhm – Buenos Aires, Art Nouveau- Ediciones Xavier Verstraeten - Buenos Aires, (2005)
* Armando Theodoro Hunziker – Flora Fanerogámica Argentina- http://www.suttonbooks.com/cgi-bin/rsb/index.html Raymond Sutton Books] - (1997) ISSN 0040-0262
*http://www.palermonline.com.ar/noticias001/nota389_jardin.htm Article on the Gardens] – Palermo On Line
*http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/areas/med_ambiente/botanico/?menu_id11360 Jardín Botanico] – Government of the City
Category Botanical gardens in Argentina
Category National Historic Monuments of Argentina
Category Parks and gardens in Buenos Aires
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