This summer I have run into a problem in my yard. I started finding little plops of poo on the grass in my front yard. At first I didn’t mind, I know dogs will wander sometimes and so I pulled out the shovel and cleaned up. After a few weeks of this more and more droppings showed up each day. It got to the point that I was picking up an average of one to two a DAY!
There is a reason I don’t have a dog. I deal with enough poo as a mother and a nurse. I really don’t want to deal with anymore. After finding so many droppings I will admit I became very frustrated. I started imagining neighbors walking their dogs over to my lawn so their pets could, as my husband so eloquently puts it, “take a dump.”
Soon my imaginings turned into visions of myself waiting at the front window for those dogs to show up and then I would strike back, catching those pesky canines and placing a cork in a certain essential spot at the end of their digestive tract. Bwa ha ha!
After several frustrated phone calls to my husband each time I had to pick up poo during the day my husband went on an internet search for tools to keep dogs off our front lawn. He almost bought “The Scarecrow.”
This is a motion activated sprinkler used to deter pesky animals from yards. However as much as I wanted to get this sprinkler, we didn’t, deciding that a front yard was not the place for a motion activated sprinkler. I really wanted the mail man to continue delivering the mail.
Finally we decided to try a home remedy we found mentioned all over the internet…Cayenne Pepper. This little baby if sprinkled or sprayed over your grass is supposed to deter dogs by the smell.
So after thoroughly watering the lawn I sprinkled the pepper over one patch of my lawn and waited for this remedy to be proved wrong.
At first I sprinkled a little, then I threw caution to the wind and sprinkled a lot.
(one thing to note, is I didn’t sprinkle it in places where my baby liked to crawl for fear that she would rub her hands in the pepper and then rub her eyes, or lick her fingers. Ouch!)
I waited a day and no poo. I waited a second day, still no poo.
On the third day I had to water again, and after this the poo started coming back. However, I am very pleased to report that it has diminished. I will therefore continue using the cayenne pepper to ward off those troublesome or overly neighborly dogs.