Tomatoes

Protecting tomato plants: how to protect tomato plants from animals

While birds, hornworms and other insects are common pests of tomato plants, animals can also sometimes be a problem. Our gardens can be filled with almost ripe fruits and vegetables one day, and the next day they are eaten to the last drop. Read on to learn more about animals that attack tomato plants and how to protect tomato plants.

Protection of tomato plants

If they eat your tomato plants and you have ruled out birds or insects as the culprits, animals could be the problem. Most gardeners are used to fighting rabbits, squirrels or deer, but they don’t think much about protecting plants from these other pests:

  • Groundhogs
  • Moles
  • Squirrels
  • Sum
  • Raccoons
  • Dots
  • Objectives

We also don’t like to think that our own pets and livestock (such as goats) can be the problem.

Damage caused by moles or valleys in plants often goes unnoticed until it is too late to save the plant. These pests eat the roots of the plant, not anything on the surface. In fact, you will most likely never see the mole or vole because if they surface, it is usually only at night and even

so that’s weird. Therefore, if the foliage and fruit of your tomato plant are eaten by something, it is very unlikely to be a mole or vole.

How to protect tomato plants from animals

Test raised beds to prevent pests from eating tomatoes and other garden plants. Raised beds 15 cm or more high are difficult for rabbits and other small animals to access. It is also a good idea to place wooden planks 6 cm or more off the ground, so that small animals do not just dig under the raised beds.

You can also place a fence of wire mesh or high-strength wire netting under raised beds to prevent animals from entering the garden. If you have limited space, tomatoes grow very well in large pots, which will also make them too large for some pests.

Another advantage of growing tomatoes in pots is that they can be placed on balconies, terraces or other busy places where animals are not likely to go. Deer, raccoons and rabbits generally avoid being too close to people or areas frequented by pets. You can also place your lawns near the house or near a moving light to keep pests away.

There are other ways to protect tomatoes from animals, such as the use of animal deterrent sprays, such as liquid fencing, or the use of bird nets around plants.

Sometimes the best way to prevent pests from eating tomatoes is to build a fence around the garden. Fencing is a great option when it comes to your pets or livestock outside the garden. To keep rabbits out, the fence should be below ground level and no more than an inch wide. To keep deer out, the fence should be at least 2 metres high. I once read that putting human hair in the garden deters deer, but I did not try it. However, I usually throw my brush hairs outside so that birds and other creatures can use them to make their nests.

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