How to Keep Dogs Out of Shrubbery


When after a lot of hard work you finally manage to develop the shrubbery of your dreams, the last thing you want is your dog ruining it in a matter of seconds. All you can see is your hard-earned money and hours of backbreaking effort going down the drain because your dog decides to chew, dig or relieve himself in your once lush and beautiful shrubbery. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help keep dogs--whether yours, your neighbors or merely strays--out of your prized shrubbery.

Step 1

Keep your dogs out of your shrubbery by making a special area in your garden just for them to exercise, play in and enjoy themselves. Enclose a section of your yard with chain link fencing or construct a dog run from a ready-to-make kit and let them loose there. Make sure the place is nice and shady with his own toys, food and water, and where you know your dog will be healthy and happy. With this, your dog won't need to seek attention or be destructive.

Step 2

Place rubber mulch, made from recycled tires, around the shrubbery to discourage your canine from going there. Most dogs do not like the smell of rubber and will stay away from there.

Step 3

Fill an old nylon stocking with mothballs and tie the opening with a knot. Hang the stocking in the shrubbery. Dogs dislike the smell of mothballs and will stay away.

Step 4

Plant the shrubbery in a raised place or raise it with wood edging, stone or any other enclosed structure and then fill it with soil. This will prevent dogs from digging there because it will be too high for them to reach, and it will also be a deterrent for them to urinate there because it will be beyond their reach.

Step 5

Install fencing around your entire yard to keep stray dogs off your garden. The other methods will help you cope with your pets, but if you have a consistent problem with stray dogs digging up your shrubbery or your whole garden, then you have to take the whole yard into consideration and cordon it off with a fence to make it secure.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog run
  • Dog food
  • Dog toys
  • Rubber mulch
  • Old stocking
  • Mothballs
  • Raised beds
  • Fencing


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