I consider myself blessed to live in an area that has peacocks/peafowl roaming its neighborhoods. I love them. I love it when they're in my yard and I can take closeup photos of them. BUT...I don't love what they can do to flower beds!
The last time I planted a bed it was spectacular, just overflowing with plants and blooms. Then the peacocks invaded. They ate many of the plants, dug up others--including gladiola bulbs--apparently just for the fun of it, as they weren't EATING them, just spreading them all over the lawn. Then, when most of the plants had been destroyed they took to digging little cubbyholes in the soil to lie down in.
I've just had my gardener create two huge new beds, and for the one in the backyard--since I don't care about it being seen from the street--we put 24" chicken wire around it. So far that's been enough of a visual cue to keep the peacocks out. In the front yard, though, I don't want ugly fencing around the bed, so we're going with 18" decorative fencing. We've talked about laying chicken wire (or some other mesh fence) ON TOP of the soil, as that wouldn't prevent the seedlings from coming up, but should prevent the peacocks from digging. However, once the plants are taller, they're going to eat those they like!
We also thought about placing chicken wire over the bed, i.e., laying it across the 18" tall decorative fence and then supporting it with 18" stakes, so if peacocks land on it it won't collapse under their weight. But, again, once the plants are tall enough to poke through the fence...they're going to eat them.
So I'm looking for suggestions on how to keep the peacocks OUT of my flower beds. I do not want anything that's toxic to anything, not spiders, birds, bees, nothing. And, yes, I do realize that if I stuck to the FEW plants they're not interested in, this wouldn't be as much of a problem, but I WANT a multitude of different plants, so my goal is to dissuade the peacocks from bothering the beds altogether. (FWIW, the only three types of plants I found that they didn't touch were alyssum, dianthus, and cosmos.)
I also don't want the peacocks getting caught or stuck in the fencing if we go with the 'lay it over/on the soil' idea.