Dog waste can be a frustrating lawn care problem for any homeowner. When in small amounts, animal waste may produce a green up or fertilizer effect while larger quantities often result in brown, dead patches. Though these spots recover over time, the areas of brown, dead grass are not only ugly, they are sometimes large enough to require reseeding or re-sodding. When dogs urinate in your lawn, the excessive amount of ammonia present in the urine can kill your grass. Ammonia, while a fertilizer, can kill grass when it is present in high concentrations, like in urine.
When searching for a suitable place to do their business, dogs and cats are drawn to smells and surface textures that have the right feel to it. If you already own a dog, other dogs will be attracted to both the smell and their natural desire to “mark” a new territory. You not only need to clean up after your own pet, but also everyone else’s too.
Get some lawn sprinklers and set your water timer for various times of the day. Dogs typically don’t like wet areas when there are nice dry patches elsewhere. One great item to use is the Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler. Homeowners love the Scarecrow because it is harmless to the animal yet very effective. Using the same technology as motion sensor lights, this sprinkler instantly releases a three-second pulsating spray of water once it detects movement. The suddenness of the water spray, sprinkler movement and water frighten away animals of all sizes, especially dogs.
Some homeowners make use of dog repellant granules or sprays, like Liquid Fence Dog and Cat Repellent. These can help stop Fido from defecating and urinating on your grass, flowers, vegetables and shrubs. The repellent granules emit a distinctive odor that dogs hate. Repellent sprays and granules should be reapplied every so often to maintain its effectiveness, especially after a rain storm.
There are sonic repellents that help keep dogs out of your yard. Quiet ultrasonic sounds deter animals from entering your yard. These machines may be effective in the short term, but eventually, dogs become accustomed to the noise.
Probably the best solution is often the least desirable and that is to install a fence. Depending on the size and material, a new fence can be an expensive and labor intensive project just to keep your neighbor’s dog from pooping in your yard.
Any one of these above mentioned steps can help keep your neighbor’s dog or cat from relieving themselves in your yard. If it becomes a serious issue, you should probably have a friendly yet informative chat with your neighbor and explain how you feel. Good luck!
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