Dog (urine) resistent plants

Asked April 24, 2018, 3:21 PM EDT

What evergreen shrub is least attractive to dogs. We presently have a small hedge along a sidewalk of Justin Brouwer boxwood which attracts dogs no matter how much garlic spray or red pepper (etc.) we use around the bushes. They have been decimated by dog urine in this dog friendly neighborhood. Any suggestions for a replacement shrub? Would soft-touch holly fair better? We would like to keep the height approximately 2' to 3' at the most, so a dwarf variety would be great.

District of Columbia County District of Columbia dogs urine resistant shrubs

1 Response

There are no easy answers. We do not have research on plants resistant to dog urine. It is difficult to stop a dog when it wants to urinate. You may want to place signs at both ends of the walkway stating 'Please do not let your dog urinate on this hedge as it is killing it.'
Here is a link on dogs and lawns which is helpful but does not relate to your situation. Perhaps there may books on this subject in the library or online.
https://web.extension.illinois.edu/hkmw/eb285/entry_9338/

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