Critter Control: How to Keep Animals Off Your Lawn

Want to learn how to keep unwanted animals off your lawn or out of your garden and trash? If so, join landscape designer Doug Scott for products and scare tactics that’ll keep deer, raccoons, rabbits or squirrels from wreaking havoc on your outdoor living spaces.

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Doug Scott
About Doug Scott Doug Scott left corporate America in 2012 to launch Redeem Your Ground, a landscape design firm specializing in helping people live and connect in meaningful ways outside the physical walls of their homes. Prior to Redeem Your Ground, the Done-In-A-Weekend video host earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and worked with several consulting firms. Although successful, this career path didn’t tap into Doug’s true passions for family, the outdoors and all things landscape design. So, in his spare time, he began creating outdoor living spaces for his friends that reflected who they were, and how they wanted to live outside.Doug’s passion for creating unique, personalized outdoor living spaces has garnered considerable media attention. Redeem Your Ground and Doug’s home have been featured in Southern Living and Growing a Greener World, and his RYG blog took home top honors at the 2015 Garden Bloggers Conference. Doug and his wife Brittany live outside of Atlanta, GA with their two daughters, seven chickens and two cats.


    • Hi, Cheryl,
      Try installing a fence; you’ll need to install it more than 18 inches into the ground to prevent the rascals from burrowing underneath it and into your yard.
      Good luck!

  1. how do i keep chipmunks out of our rock walls?
    They are always moving in and the rocks are starting to get loose!

  2. What I would like to know is how to repel feral cars and pet cats irresponsible owners let run loose. Poison is not an option because of small children in the neighborhood. Noise makers and flashing lights are prohibited, as are guns or other lethal solutions (despite feral and free range pets fitting the definition of vermin). A dog is also not an option because dogs are not permitted outdoors unattended or unleashed (besides, I’m too old to be a responsible pet owner anymore).

    I’m not a cat hater (I have friends with indoor pet cats that I adore) but the ones running loose in the neighborhood create property damage, stink up the area with their waste, leave their paw prints all over my vehicle, and wake me up at night when they fight.

    • Hi, Jeannie,
      There’s a simple solution to your feral cat problem: humane traps!
      First, check local wildlife ordinances and make sure this is an option.
      Then, set traps according to their directions. Once caught, you’ll be able to release the cats miles away!
      Another option is to report the problem to animal control officers.
      Many cities have staff members just waiting for that call.
      Good luck!


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