Dog Repellent Ground Cover plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Alameda, CA
Question by iandava
October 18, 2006
I have a small adjoining piece of land with my neighbor 7' wide by 21' in length. It is bordered both sides by driveway and has a public pavement to the front. It is covered with tree bark chippings (per homeowners reg's) with a small tree two foot from the pavement with some kind of groundcover plant around the base. This area seems to be used as a dog toilet and is an ongoing problem!
I have dug out the bark to about four inches and removed the plant along with all the dog mess. I then covered the area with liquid odour removal from Petco.
My question is,

Answer from NGA
October 18, 2006


What you describe isn't all that unusual, but that still doesn't make it acceptable! Dogs generally won't frequent a place that's difficult to manuever so a ground cover with trailing stems (vinca minor, for instance) might keep them out. Failing that,
Pyracantha coccinea 'Prostrata' (Prostrate Fire Thorn); and Berberis thunberia "Atropupurea Nana" both have thorns, which should keep the dogs out.

Sometimes uneven surfaces deter animals; small shrubs planted in a group (heather, lavender, etc.) might help - although they may consider the plants a fire-hydrant alternative.

There may very well be materials you can spray that would be offensive to dogs, so you might want to check with the pet store.

A final thought is a sprinkler set up with a motion detector. If you can catch the dogs in the act, a stream of water at the precise moment may scare them away.

Wish I had more suggestions!

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