The Prickle Strip Dig Stopper

4.5 rating

The Prickle Strip Dig Stopper from Defender is a nifty idea that uses tough plastic mesh with spikes on to deter cats and other animals from digging up your flower beds.

Manufacturers Defender have good form in the cat repellent marketplace with the excellent and best selling Mega Sonic Cat Repeller and this looks another good weapon for gardeners to add to your armoury.

The Prickle Strip is designed to be buried just below the surface either with a sprinkling of top soil or mulch so is pretty much invisible. The spikes are sharp enough to repel cats and other animals from walking over them but not so hard that they would do any harm to their paws.

And should a cat actually manage to walk over them it certainly won’t be able to dig up the area.

First Impressions of the Prickle Strip

Here’s a video I made of the Prickle Strip being opened.

The first thing is the size – it’s only 30 cm wide and 2 metres long. I purchased the 3 pack which covers nearly 6 square metres – enough for my raised bed. It saved me money buying the 3 pack and they were available with free shipping (I’m a Prime member).

if you are wanting to protect a large area from cats then a cheaper option would be to use chicken wire to keeps cats away.

The 30 cm width (that’s a foot to us old timers) is ideal for your borders and I assume that’s the thinking behind the size. Prickle Strip is also ideal for your large planters as it is easily cut to size with a pair Secateurs or scissors.

The second thing you will notice once opened is the holding pegs that come with it are woeful.

Here’s a peg next to a Sky tv remote for comparison

If the Prickle Strip was sold in loose sheets at your local garden centre then maybe they might have had a chance but because it comes rolled up there is no way the supplied pegs are going to hold it. Order some tent pegs should you decide to buy this. I found 8 decent tent pegs per length was enough to hold it nice and flat.

Does It Work?

The problem with recommending any of the ultra sonic cat deterrents on the market is that just because it worked on the cats in my neighbourhood doesn’t mean it is going to be the answer to all gardeners prayers.

A cats hearing changes as it gets older for example so while the noise those machines give out might be an extremely annoying screech for the cats I witness setting one off, it may be nothing more than a faint buzz to the cat another gardener is trying to keep out of their back yard!

With something like the Prickle Strip though I have no such worries because as long as it is fixed firmly to the ground there is no way a cat is going to be able to dig in the ground on which you have placed it.

It should also be uncomfortable enough for all but the most determined cat to walk on so it would be ideal for fixing on shed roofs if cats use it as an entry point to your garden.

Cons

  • 1 roll is only 200cm by 30cm and the supplied pegs are a laugh.

Pros

  • It works a treat
  • It’s cheap
  • All plastic so weather proof and should last for years
  • Can be linked together to cover larger areas
  • Can be easily cut to go around your Roses or in your planters
  • It’s buried so doesn’t spoil the look of your borders

Buyer Reviews

With around 100 buyers giving Prickle Strip an average score of 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon UK it looks like I’m not the only gardener to think Defenders have another winning cat deterrent.

Bob

A retired engineer, nowadays I spend my time gardening, reading and writing here at Cats Away

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