Freshly prepared seedbeds are extremely attractive to these pets – particularly cats.16182J Catmint Catnip

The excavations of cats and dogs can bury some seeds too deeply, expose some where they can dry out and move others to where they are not wanted. Even young seedlings can be buried or uprooted. The result of all this can be large gaps in rows and seedlings appearing all over the place.

Although repellent chemicals and devices are widely sold, the best method of preventing this damage is to cover beds or rows with netting, chicken wire, cloches or fleece.