As you may recall, I have been trying various methods to keep the skunks and other backyard animals (raccoons, squirrels) from digging up my plants. In the past, I have tried crystallized fox pee--a product that sounded really cool, but didn't work as well as I'd hoped it would.
Now, I have discovered a new skunk barrier: Critter Ridder by Havahart.
I planted a few low-water-use plants that I made with cuttings from my front-yard plants (a chocolate daisy and a weird lavender variety) down at the bottom of the back yard a few weeks ago. This is prime skunk territory. After I planted, I sprinkled Critter Ridder, which is basically a pepper mixture, and the plants have gone untouched so far. Yesterday, I planted several more plants, including some mint, in the same area. I sprinkled the Critter Ridder liberally, and when I checked this morning all the plants were safe and sound. So, I feel hopeful that I have finally found a skunk repellent that works.
I have heard that straight cayenne pepper can also keep pests away, but I am not sure if that would be more or less expensive than the Critter Ridder. For now, I think I will stick with what I know works. Or at least works so far.