Are there any plants that will keep raccoons away from the kiddie pool? Any other advice for keeping them out of my yard?
Last summer we had an inflatable pool in the back yard, and my kids loved it... until the #!*%@ raccoons popped it
. Is there anything I could be planting in the yard now (I'm in Western Washington, and it's early spring) that will keep raccoons out of a replacement pool this summer?
These are big, fat, fearless raccoons. They're still in the neighborhood; I saw three of them, or ones just like them, across the street yesterday. Last summer they ate our blueberries and pooped in our yard, but it's the pool that really irritates me -- and probably is what attracts them.
Anything I plant or do needs to be okay for children to be around (so no electric fences, barbed wire, or poison), and not be too smelly to humans. We don't have pets, the raccoons can't get into our garbage, and we don't have a compost pile.