Cats In Small Hot Area - Knowledgebase Question

Trevorton, PA
Question by praup
March 25, 2000
we have trouble with cats coming into our small frontage(3ft widex12 ft. long) and doing their duty. the smel is bad and we plan to dig it up and spray and put rocks to cover the weed carpet over the soil inhopes it will deter the cats. but my question is what can i plant in this small area that is not a hard rooter,doesn,t get big, and that will take direct hot sun most of the day?i had a suggestion of a holly bush, anything else(i need at least three) and i love purple flowers.


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Answer from NGA
March 25, 2000

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Hollies do not usually do well in a location with reflected heat, so you might consider some of the following shrubs: low growing or creeping junipers, dwarf purple or golden barberry, mugo pine or, for a flowering shrub, the summer flowering spireas with pink blooms and a choice of foliage colors. Purple flowers might include creeping phlox or creeping thyme both of which are evergreen and will spread to cover, or possibly a combination of purple coneflowers, liatris, crocus and a purple flowered annual such as petunia or flowering vinca or salvia or zinnia. In any case, you will need to deal with the weeds and prepare the soil prior to planting, and you may need to spread wire mesh over the ground between the plants until they fill in. Unfortunately, cats seem to love freshly prepared soil and nice fluffy mulch.

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