Are there any plants that are dog-proof? We have a large flower bed that keeps being killed by our dogs urinating and running in the area. -Kim
Unfortunately, there aren’t any plants that are 100% dog-proof. That point was driven home to me recently when, on my evening walk, I spotted my neighbor’s dog happily munching on an extremely thorny pyracantha bush!
The best way to protect your garden from dogs is to train them to dig and urinate in certain areas, and to protect sensitive plants with fencing or wire plant cages.
Dog urine burns plants the same way that fertilizer does – with an overdose of nitrogen salts. No plant is dog-proof, but here are a few ideas of plants that are believed to be more tolerant of pet urine and increased foot traffic:
- Unpleasant Smells: Coleus canina, commonly known as Scaredy Cat, Dogs Be Gone, or Pee-Off Coleus, is thought to have a scent that dogs and cats don’t like.
- How to Keep Dogs from Damaging Your Lawn (article)
- Tip for Keeping Your Dog from Digging Under a Fence Gate (video)
- DIY Electronic Containment System for Dogs in Your Yard (video)
- Saline Soils (Colorado State University)