For all you homeowners out there can we talk about the often ignored side yard. At our house, it’s the path less traveled to the backyard. I avoid the flagstone path from April until Halloween because I am terrified of snakes. And, on unforgettable afternoon last summer and a series of unfortunate events I saw a garden snake slither across the pave stone path. I screamed! Followed by a full on sprint for the 3 1/2 feet to the back door that leads into the kitchen. I locked the door and did not use that side gate entrance until November all because of snake.
Yes, I know garden snake means no harm. I get it. I just want him or her to relocate to another zip code. My son nicknamed her Charlotte thinking it might help my phobia if she had a name. I don’t even like to see images of snakes.
This spring I took a chance and Googled something like “how not to have snakes in the yard.” And, the suggestions were common;
- Keep the home’s exterior free from clutter to avoid mice
- And something about hawks or birds make great deterrents
Armed with these two suggestions I opted to tackle the clutter around the side of the house. Hmmm…
On an unseasonably cool day, I got to work on the side yard by removing the empty flower pots, garden tools, potting soil, and that garden bench my husband made for me. But not before arming myself with a garden hose and push broom.
The second suggestion was to encourage birds to relocate to our backyard. So I bribed (encouraged) the birds with a hearty buffet of birdseed.
Most people add birdseed to their bird feeders, but I needed a more aggressive sales pitch. I sprinkled (threw) birdseed along the stone wall adjacent to the path less traveled. That stone wall is like a high rise apartment for all types of critters.
With a clean, empty side space along the path to the backyard, I found a few ideas of what I wanted the side yard and path to look like.
Oh, and guess what we saw circling above our back yard a few weeks ago?
Share your comments and um … snake deterrent strategies!