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Snakes in yard/garden

I realize some snakes are "good/helpful" but they actually put the fear of death in me....is there anything I can do to 'discourage' snakes from taking up residency in our yard or garden? We have had black snakes and garter snakes, that I'm aware of; we do live fairly close to an open field that sometimes doesn't get mowed often enough. Thank you! - Rhonda -