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How to Keep Dogs From Destroying Trees & Bushes

By Whitney Coy ; Updated September 21, 2017
Your dog can do a number on your landscaping.

Dogs might be man's best friend, but they are often nothing but trouble when it comes to lawns. They chew on plants, bushes and trees, destroying them in the process. They also frequently urinate on outside plants of all kinds, doing major damage or killing the plants. This doesn't mean you have to give up your dream of a beautiful yard just because you have a dog. There are ways for your trees and bushes to coexist with your four-legged friend.

Step 1

Fence in your plants. Use small fencing, such as chicken wire or garden fence, to create a barrier around your trees and bushes. Make the fence tall enough that your dog can't jump over it.

Step 2

Fence in your dog. Create a fenced-in area in your yard for your dog to keep it out of off-limits areas. Use wood, metal or iron fencing and be sure your dog can't jump over it to escape. Give it plenty of room to run inside of this area, and provide shade and water.

Step 3

Bury bricks. If your dog digs under the barriers you have set up for it, bury bricks in the places where it digs. The dog won't like feeling of hitting the bricks with its paws, so it will stop digging.

Step 4

Plant trees and shrubs in raised garden beds to keep small dogs out.

Step 5

Sprinkle cayenne pepper around plants you want to keep your dog away from. The smell will be offensive when it sniffs, so it will move on.

Step 6

Wrap trees in wire cloth, also called hardware cloth. Dogs can't chew through it and won't be able to disturb the trees.

Step 7

Sprinkle the ground around your trees and bushes with pine cones and decorative rocks. Your dog won't like the feeling of these items beneath its feet, so it will go elsewhere.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Fencing
  • Bricks
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Wire cloth
  • Pine cones
  • Decorative rocks