A poop-free, environmentally good, garden?

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Big Tone

I am one of only two people in my cul-de-sac who have a front garden which is covered in grass and when I moved in, about year ago now, I soon found out why. It’s a toilet for every damn dog and cat in the road.
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The perpetrators, (or rather their owners), are elusive, irresponsible and/or clueless!
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but like so many things in life, sometimes you just have to admit defeat.
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As a result, nearly everyone has concreted over their front garden long ago or, in one case, used shale.

Now I have read recently that everyone is concreting over their frontages and that it’s bad to do this because you need to let the rainwater through into the ground below. (Can't remember why now). So I don’t want to concrete it over and besides, I’d like something more natural if at all possible.
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For a while, in a vain attempt to hang-onto my lawn, my friend suggested I use a diluted solution of Jeyes Fluid. Now this did actually work until the rain washes it away, something this country is not short of,
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and I don’t want to keep spending money on what is quite an expensive product. So unfortunately, after dying the death of a thousand turds, I have given up!
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I have bought some 'Ground Control' woven stuff, which blocks sunlight but allows water through, in preparation for digging up the lawn but that’s where I’m stuck... I was thinking of covering it in a layer of nice stones with perhaps a nice feature rockery but I know that doesn’t deter the poopers' either.
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Does anyone have anything at all I could use or do which would both look nice and deter our four legged friends? (BTW those noise emitting motion sensor things are a complete joke
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so don’t waste your money).
 
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Dogs: well thats just the stupid/lazy owners!

Regarding cats, generally things that remove their scent will likely only encourage them to continue as they are leaving their poop there to 'uphold their territory'.

This subject crops up on here every now and then, there are allsorts of things to try although realistically little seems to work and there is definitely not one definite solution. Try, amongst others:

getting a dog
getting a cat
being nice to them
leaving some of your own p**s in the garden
leaving some lions turds around your garden
moving house
spray them with a water gun
sprinkle orange or lemon peels round the place
chemical sprays
sonic devices you have tried
leave some moths balls around
sprinkle pepper corns around the place
Olbas oil on dried tea bags left around the place
leave some garlic around the place
accept it
 
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Phew! I'm losing the light but after coming back to my pc and reading the comments so far I dashed out and snapped a quickie so sorry for the poor quality...

I'm on the left next to the lamp-post. My immediate neighbour, long suffering Mr X, maintains his lovely garden despite the mess which he deals with on a daly basis. In his own words, "If I catch who it is I'll have some strong words with them!". (Yeah, that'll work). "It's illegal you know? - £1000 fine!".

Yeah, okay. Good luck with that Mr X
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The lovely ole Mr X has the garden next to mine which is full of fushias and many other eye-candy plants which he takes great pride in. It's nice; the only one like it in my/our road - talking of which...

Mine is next to his, a complete jungle because I've given up so think F~@k it!!!

But that's not me, I'm not like that, so I want to do something about this beast beside the beauty while trying to do the right thing for the environment and create something which looks nice that we can ALL enjoy damn it! What's wrong with people???!!!
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BTW, the one with the shale is on the right with the nice palm trees but she has a similar problem too, so shale doesn't work, like I said.

BTW2. My garden is a foot higher than Mr X, (his at ground level), not that it makes any difference to the mess...
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Oh and thanks Fred's twin :) I did a search on this problem but it returned nothing. I've Googled it too. Maybe others had a problem with what to call the thread ;)
 
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Do 1000 cats and dogs decend on your garden every day? or are you just over reacting.

For what its worth, if you have ever observed a cat taking a dump it will generally dig a hole, take a turd and cover it back over, not do it in full view of everyone in the middle of a lawn.
 
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Do 1000 cats and dogs decend on your garden every day? or are you just over reacting.

For what its worth, if you have ever observed a cat taking a dump it will generally dig a hole, take a turd and cover it back over, not do it in full view of everyone in the middle of a lawn.
:eek: Yes, I DO know, just as I know they are not meticulous about it. Wind your neck in! I'm simply asking a question, not vilifying all pet owners!

After seeing what has been posted, (or not), maybe I should have said that I AM serious about the subject I posted! It is NOT my intention to hurt of offend ANYONE, if indeed that is what has happened?
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or evoke any vitriol. Seriously!

Without knowing what was censored, maybe I should state that I love ALL animals; I am simply looking for a solution to a genuine problem in which I am not alone sharing.

Did I miss something? I honestly have no idea why I have provoked, (so it feels), this reaction. :eek:

Maybe I should just leave this thread alone and walk...
 
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Look, all I am saying is my cats turd in my garden in the flowerbeds, not in the middle of the lawn, other cats enter my garden on a daily basis (my two cats are total sh1thouses and can't defend thier teritory :LOL: ) and i've never found a cat landmine, nor have my neighbours had any issues.

My point is, i've never experienced this, ever, my parents had about 7 cats at one point when I was younger and again, no dirt on the grass.

I've not mentioned dogs, because, quite frankly there is no excuse for not picking up after it, all i can suggest is building a small fence to keep dogs off your grass and see what happens.
 
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Big Tone

Sorry CortinaV8
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I may have over reacted there.

I'm just so taken back that I posted about a genuine problem, which I feel many or some will relate to, and now feel like I'm looking down the barrel of a DIYnot gun.

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ADD: I don't know the difference between a cat and a dog turd. There are big cats and small dogs. All I see are animal turds and it's vile and that's all.

If it's dogs, that can also lead to blindness in children...
 
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the best way to stop it is to place a physical barrier up to take ownership of your garden again. Is there any reason wjy a small hedge or low fence could not be put up, or is that not a preferance?
 
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the best way to stop it is to place a physical barrier up to take ownership of your garden again. Is there any reason wjy a small hedge or low fence could not be put up, or is that not a preferance?
Yes I could and yes, you're right :(

I guess I'm old enough to remember the days when your house was a home, not a fortress
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Off to bed now...
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But if anyone has something which animals don't like walking on or something I could grow or anything?

Goodnight folks
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Big Tone - I suffer the same as you - cat turds liberally appearing (usually) overnight in the garden. So you have my sympathy, empathy and 100 per cent support. I don't care if I offend cat owners the length and breadth of the UK, cats are a menace and their owners often oblivious to the frustration and danger caused by these overrated mice chasers.

CortinaV8 is wrong, cats can and do dump on lawns. I've watched my next door neighbour's cat laying an egg right in the middle of my lawn and I've had to deal with the consequences of my 18 month old daughter getting covered in cat poo after playing on the lawn. Also, contrary to what CortinaV8 says, the cats in my road seemingly aren't quite as dextrous as those in his area: they dump in the lovely crumbly soil in my border and leave it uncovered.

I haven't found a long term solution yet - but peeing into a watering can and sprinkling it around the garden seems to work until the rain comes.

In terms of shale, stones and other coverings, you'll find that the larger the stone, the less attractive it is to cats. There's a good reason why cat litter is so granular.

The difference between a cat and a dog turd? The cat's is the chippolata to the dog's Cumberland Sausage.
 

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