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Old 05-02-2012, 07:37 AM
 
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I noticed yesterday that somebody has been letting their dog mark on my mailbox which is destroying the plants I have surrounding it. My first question is does anyone have recommendations for products I can spray to deter this from happening? Secondly, if I find out who is doing this and they refuse to amend their actions, do I have any sort of legal recourse? Would this fall under any sort of local statute or am I sol?
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:46 AM
 
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Just guessing, but it's likely that your mailbox and landscaping around it aren't actually sitting on your property. Mailboxes are typically in the public right of way, with suburban property boundaries starting several feet in from the curb/road edge. Don't know if that would affect any legal claim you might try to assert.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:48 AM
 
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My mailbox does sit in my property thankfully, at least according to the survey we had done last fall.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:51 AM
 
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I'm not sure about legalities but my neighbor has a cute "Please curb your dog." sign that works. People tend to respect it. I think if you ask, most people would respect your wishes. Curb Your Dog Lawn Marker - Plow & Hearth
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:22 AM
 
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I have the same problem! I kept replacing shrubs along the front of my yard, couldn't figure out why they kept dying until I noticed a neighbor and his dog!

Funny how people WILL pick up after their dog poops but dont' think anything of allowing their dog to pee on someone else's shrubs!

My neighbor was angry that her white mailbox post doesn't stay white! Yuck!

I did find something at home depot that keeps dogs away but can't remember the name.

Vicki
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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I did find something at home depot that keeps dogs away but can't remember the name.

Vicki
Do you happen to still have the bottle laying around you garage still? Maybe I'll swing by Home Depot on my way home from work and see what they have. I didn't buy roses bushes just to have them die
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Do you happen to still have the bottle laying around you garage still? Maybe I'll swing by Home Depot on my way home from work and see what they have. I didn't buy roses bushes just to have them die
This was probably two years ago so I don't have the bottle. I remember WHERE in Home Depot it was!!!

If you go to the one on Strickland Road, it is the wall that borders the garden center.

They had all sorts of pellet stuff to keep things away. We got the one that was safe for pets and children but it had something in it that animals didn't like the smell so it kept them away.

I got so mad, before I found the stuff, that I was going to sit and wait to see who walked their dog on my yard but according to hubby, those dog walkers are up at the crack of dawn and I am NOT a morning person!!!

It is frustrating to pay for stuff and have someone else ruin it.

Vicki
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:39 AM
 
Location: RTP area, NC
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That is too gross. Love the idea of "curb your dog" lawn marker...but re-establishing healthy dirt will take more than that.

nitrates and urea are the problem. nitrates need to be broken down in order to be useful and it is probably beyond that point right now. urea ends up a salt. there are some web suggestions on 'dog pee' tolerant plants - things that can tolerate high nitrogen and salts.

I think the only thing you could do at this point is yank the plants and mulch it. alternatively, if you can try to get the owner/dog to stop using your mailbox as a facility, you could then dig all the dirt out so you can start over with fresh dirt that doesn't have the nitrate and urea build up in it replant.

Do you live in an HOA? you might need permission to fence off the area to get the plants started without incursion again.

I thought you would enjoy this nytimes blog on the problem in city parks

Complaint Box: Dog Urine - NYTimes.com
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