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Ash border to keep animals out?

by Ryan Pantalone
(Ashland, PA)

Wood Ashes

Wood Ashes

Can you deter animals from a plant in the ground using a wood ash border around it?

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Jun 03, 2020
Depends
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

What kind of animals specifically? Most of them don't like getting gritty feeling ash on their feet, but if the lure of fresh juicy plants is strong enough, that will outweigh their dislike of the ash.

The only animal that ashes will reliably deter are slugs and snails which will dry out in contact with ashes, but not other animals. Some insects might not like it, but if there is another mode of movement (jumping, leaping, flying) then ashes won't make any difference.

Let me know in the comments what kind of animal you're trying to deter, and I'll make some suggestions that have worked for me.

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