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Does anyone know how to get cat urine out of my shrubs? My shrubs in the front of my house smell like urine. There are several cats that roam around, and I believe one may have sprayed my bushes:(
It's right in the front and very strong. Yuck!
Any ideas on how to get it out? How would I keep them from doing it again?
Resin- you are probably in the minority, cause it doesn't smell good at all. Maybe you have different ones in Northumberland. But kinda like one mans trash is another mans treasure!:) LOL
How is the weather there? Are you far away?
I haven't noticed any pee smell from the boxwoods here. I have them in front of the house.
Now those Pear trees that everyone has had me wondering if I had stepped in doggie doo doo. I gagged when I went to get the mail that is near the neighbors two trees. They ought to be outlawed. LOL
Sorry, I don't. They are old and leggy. They were neglected by previous owners. I would like to replace them but, we live on a steep hillside on the Bay, and errosion is a serious problem. The Juniper holds a large portion of the hillside in place. To replace them I think would involve many environmental agencies and lots of $$. If not done right, I'm afraid we'd be living in the Bay. :)
Whether the box or not, cats don't like pine cones of any sort. The make an unstable, prickly, sticky footing for cat feet. Of course, they need to be replaced from time to time as they naturally compost. If wind is a problem you can bury them slightly in the mulch, leaving the top portion above. I've used them successfully for years in my house plant pots ( 2 indoor only cats) and outside around my dwarf azaleas to detere the never ending strays that find their way to the gardens. My white pine produces a steady supply.
In AL, you could drive down a road and get a car full of pine cones- I haven't seen a pine cone since coming here 4 years ago. Do you have to buy them in certain areas of the country? I have 2 small boys that would end up throwing them at each other and yes they would find a way to pick them up even if it poked them. LOL
I looked at the pictures in the links and it doesn't look like junipers, but it looks like quite a few of the box.
Funny how the same plants can differ in smell depending on where they are. Sure makes it hard on beginners trying to ID them:)
I believe I have a buxus microphylla 'Winter Gem'. I haven't read anything about them putting out an odor like cat urine, so my initial thought might be true. It is a cat or cats. There are 3-4 that I see sometimes at night when I open one of my doors. Plus during the day I see 2 in a couple of yards down from me but my dog barks at them and keeps them at bay. At night he's inside, so maybe they come back and mark their territory? The smell comes and goes but when it smells it smells.
I guess I can deal with it, I cringe at the thought someone might come up to my door and think the smell is coming from inside my house:(
I have dogs also that come indoors. One morning a stray cat was inside my privacy fenced front yard. They will come in if there is the slightest chance they can live to see another day. LOL
He ran faster than the dogs and scaled the six foot fence before they even saw him. I guess that is why they have nine lives, they live on the edge.
I'll try the vicks. I think when it warms up again here, I'm going to clean the bushes somehow so I'll know if they come back. The past few days, I've noticed 2 around here alot. Maybe I wasn't "looking" before, but I sure have noticed them recently. Maybe Spring is in the air and they are looking for a spring fling:) My neighbor said they are spraying her plants. I was relieved to find out it wasn't my bushes, maybe there's a chance afterall:D
Junipers all pretty much look alike except for height and diameter. They can creep along the ground or go up in the air -- they never get as high as most trees -- the biggest ones would probably be smaller than a standard apple tree. The main thing about junipers is that they are evergreen. Never lose their leaves. Does that help? ( I don't know how many plants lose their leaves in the winter in San Angelo, to be honest.)
I think mine are more like bushes/shrubs then trees. I'm still learning what plant does what here in west texas also:) I could be wrong though. I may be thinking I have a bush when I really have a tree? This is all confusing for a novice:)
It would be a good idea to cut a piece of your bush and take it to a nursery and get them to identify it. Or you can photograph it, both the whole picture and a closeup of the leaves and post it on the Tree and Plant Identification thread. They are good and will get it right away. Like in hours, usually. Then you can look up what should be expected of this plant in Plant Files. You can find out if it smells like cat pee or if you have some nasty neighborhood kitty cats!
pajaritomt- I think i might try and use your advice. You think if I cut a portion of the bush, i can take it to a nursery and they would help ID it?
Sounds so simple!! Getting out of there without spending money is the hard part!!
I am familiar with the getting out of there without buying something problem! There is always your County Extension agent who can do the same and who doesn't sell anything. I am always tryiing to convince people to use their county extension agents, anyhow. They are very helpful for a lot of things.
Crush a leaf that is out of reach of the cats. If it smells like cat pee then it is most likely the shrub and not the felines.
As to evergreen, my boxwoods are evergreen also.Here is a boxwood to compare to your shrub.It needs shaping as these are usually squared off and used to line fence lines and define areas such as property lines foundations etc.
pajaritomt, I just read your comments about the junipers and want to point out that Juniperus virginiana do grow as tall trees around here. Forty feet is not uncommon, and there's one in the next county that's 79' tall. I think it's the state champion, but not the US champ.
Well, live and learn. So they come in all sizes from 4 inches or so to over 79 feet. Is juniper allergy a common problem in PA? It is here, but every other local wild tree is a juniper in some areas around here.
Juniper are the main allergen here in New Mexico. The hay fever people get in early springs is often called Juniper Fever and few escape it. But I think our native junipers produce much more pollen than most. The male tree ( would be called a shrub back east) is literally covered with brown pollen in the spring. It is illegal to sell them for landscaping in Albuquerque, but of course they plant themselves. They have been here for millenia, at least.
Shrubs can be wonderful. Juniper and boxwood are not among my favorites, but can be innocuous. Replace them with spirea ( bridal wreath) or hydrangea or an number of lovely flowering shrubs which don't need all that much trimming unless you plant them in a space they are too large for. Actually you can grow camelias and azaleas which are stupendous.
My advice is to replace those hated shrubs rather than trimming them.
I have a really cool double bridal wreath out in the yard.With all the rain we got the past few months, it is really putting on a show.
For sure they are a lot easier to maintain than shrubs that need trimming.
My hummers have been around so I had to set out the feeder already.
Bridal wreath doesn't mind being trimmed if you want to do so. In fact it likes it, but it is lovely if you choose not to trim it -- just as the one you sent in your photograph. Replace the boxwoods with something you like better, I would say.