It’s always a little unsettling to eat veggies that have been grown around dog poo.  Even though, rationally speaking, you know that you’ve thoroughly washed your home-grown vegetables, there is something about the influence of poop that cannot be erased mentally.  Here are a few handy tips to keep your (or any other) dog out of your garden so you can enjoy your fresh-gown poop-free greens!


One of the most logical (and effective) methods of keeping animals out of your garden is putting up a fence around it.  Most dogs will be deterred by a fence that is sturdy enough, although truly determined canines will dig, push, pull, and jump to get to that garden.


Another tactic would be planting a hedge of prickly bushes (perhaps berries) around the perimeter of the garden.   This will discourage almost any dog from fighting his way through to your garden.  The only drawback is that it takes time to grow such a hedge.

Smell Barriers

There are several smells that ward off dogs.  Many dogs dislike the smell of citrus, so if you toss some orange peels along the edge of your garden, many dogs will keep away.  Or you can try spraying vinegar or ammonia around the edge of your garden.  However, both vinegar and ammonia are also natural herbicides, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t spray the very plants you are trying to protect.

Hopefully one of these methods will work for you.  Keep those dogs out of your garden and enjoy the un-contaminated fruit of your labors!

Photo Credit: Renesj