Use Irish Spring to Keep Out Garden Pests

By: Diy maven May 11, 2007

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Perennials are springing up everywhere. And the herbivores are loving it. The hostas pictured above are always the first course. Around here, the biggest culprit of garden dining are deer. Don’t believe me? I took the following picture of our back yard two years ago. Apparently, we are living in the Grand Central Station for the Bambi crowd.

Garden stores sell various deer and rabbit deterrents, but most are topical treatments that have to be applied after each rain or even heavy dew and, generally, they’re expensive. Since many are based on smells (a popular one is coyote urine), it’s not surprising a non-appetizing, odoriferous, rainproof thing such as Irish Spring keeps the critters at bay.

Just cut a bar into cubes, wrap the cubes in scraps of cloth, and staple them onto stakes.

Drive the stakes in among the tantalizing vegetation. I also cut smaller bits to scatter along the ground.

Yes, the yard smells ‘refreshing’ and no, the soap doesn’t suds up during a rain. Last year, I did the stake trick at the beginning of the year, but replenished my scattered pieces once a month or so. Together, they seemed to do the trick; the deer left my plants alone.

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Does it workfor raccoons?  We live in the country and have a problem with them pooing on our deck eventhough there is no food or garbage there. and we clean the drip pan in the grill after each use.

Our neighbors chickens roam freely into our yard eating our strawberries and other garden plants. Will this keep them out or foes anyone have any other suggestions besides a fence or fried!
Does it put mice off and can iris spring be bought in the uk

Vicki, That was funny. You have had that groundhog around so long, you have named him. Like the part about the groundhog verses the husband in solutions.

I'm desperatey looking for groundhog control. I happen to think they're cute but I know my husband has has enough of the vegetable garden being wrecked. Would the Irish Spring work? Or any other nonviolent methods of repelling him (Oscar, the groundhog) not my husband :)

 would this work with frogs? i live in Miami, Fl.; we're surrounded by water...

a freezer goes well with deer problems.for slugs,either salt them when you find them or sttract and drown them in beer in lids.

Crushed egg shell scattered around plants work great. Clue pennies down to creat a barrier, they don't like copper. There are lots of natural solutions for slugs. And by the way, the Irish Springs idea has been working for us. Thanks to this, we are able to remove the cages from around our newly planted fruit trees! Normally the deer would have chewed them down to a nub, but the soap trick seems to be keeping them away! So happy because the cages made it difficult to weed and mulch around the trees.

How about one for slugs. they get many of my flowers and garden.

does not work

Sorry, I meant put the soap shavings in a herb pot.  Would it taste soapy?

Ugh! Gotta love auto correct! That was "wash the tool you cut them with". This is also assuming you are asking about the chives...not the soap. Sorry!
You definamely could but I don't know for sure if it would affect the taste of the herbs. I highly doubt it would since it's a form of garlic. I've grown many types of vegetables right beside it without it causing any change of flavor. When they start to get too bushy, I just cut toothed back. Word to the wise: wash water you cut them back with before storing the tool and don't use a lawnmower! If not, you'll smell chives for an eternity!

Can you put it in a herb garden? And will it affect the taste of my herbs? 

Thank You. My neighbor has a dog that is outside a lot of the time and a cat that is outside most of the time.

Pat-glad you asked about the garlic onions with pets! Because it's a vegetable garden, my dog is inside, and the cats are two strays I have then in that showed up a year ago, it never crossed my mind to check the toxicity of those plants. Even though they are classified as toxic to cats and dogs (found out yesterday when you asked!) I can say with certainty that NO animal has shown any interest in them and has steered very clear of my garden! So, at least it's not one of those they like that's toxic????
Garlic and onions are toxic to dogs and cats. That said, I've got to yard cats and a dog who never even show any interest in it so it's never been an issue. If you have a pet who eats or chews on everything, I wouldn't go that route! Also, I have seen 1 or 2 small garden snakes...but that is total over about 5 or 6 years.

Is the garlic and chives safe for dogs around the garden? Also, will it work on snakes, too?

Does it work for garden snakes too??

@Anon--I'd let the pups take a sniff and see if they like the smell enough to try to chomp or lick the bar. I'm guessing they won't--Irish Spring is VERY pungent. If they turn their noses from it, literally, you should be good to go!

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