There’s not much more frustrating for anyone who works hard to make their yard look nice than discovering while they were sleeping, animals were busy munching away.

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Last week as I pulled up to my garage after work, I looked at my pretty garden space at the front of my house and smiled because all of the weeding and planting and sweating ended up being worth it because it looked so beautiful.

The very next morning as I was pulling out of my driveway to go to work, I looked at my garden and my jaw dropped. While my family was fast asleep the night before, the animals were fast at work, eating ALL of my beautiful hostas along with several other plants. In my front garden! Oh, but that’s not the only place they went to town like an all-you-can-eat buffet.

The little boogers feasted on my hydrangea bush under my bedroom window, my bleeding heart bushes, and even ate all of the rose petals off my rose bushes. Sneaky, sneaky.

While it's far too late to salvage all of my gardens this season, I do have some new growth (yay!) and have taken matters into my own hands to keep the munchers away from this point forward.

If animals haven't gone to town on your garden yet, consider doing one or more of these things to hold them at bay for as long as you can. Don't worry, the methods are natural and won't harm any animals - they'll just deter them and send them munching somewhere else.

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