Mice in the garden


I’ve noticed out my window that there are mice who run in the back of my garden. There are some old logs dividing the garden from the high up parking spot and I think they run in the cracks between the logs. I’m planning on trying to fill the entrance in. Do you have any other tips to keep mice away. I plan to plant mint and other stinky herbs. Thanks so much!
– Laura


Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners with your question.

First of all, are the mice bothering your plants or getting into your home? There are many kinds that are not interested in invading your house. If these are the mice in your garden, then you can probably ignore them.

If they are eating out your veggies or destroying your garden shed, then there are several things you can do to control their presence. They do love old wood. I’m not sure what you mean by filling in the entrance. Yes, planting certain smelly plants may deter them too.

You may want to consider whether there are any food sources attracting them, such as bird feeders, compost piles, garbage bins, seed packages, etc. Removal and clean up may be all you need to do.

If these remedies do not suffice, every hardware store has non harmful sonic devices. Some people believe these are helpful in keeping away certain rodents. Be very cautious about going the route of setting traps and laying out poison because children and pets may inadvertently touch these.

I hope this helps you. You can find more gardening information by using the Find It Here Search box when you scroll down our homepage. www.torontomastergardeners.ca