One of the problems homeowners face is how to protect their landscaping from marauding neighborhood animals looking for a restroom. However, this is not necessarily the reason that some trees and bushes produce an odor reminiscent of cat urine. Whatever the reason may be that your yard gives off an unpleasant smell, you can take certain steps to reduce or eliminate the odor.
Black pepper and/or pine cones are excellent deterrents to feline prowlers. Use vinegar to remove any lingering odor.
If you have recently placed mulch in your landscaping or garden, this could be the culprit. The moisture in the mulch can begin to rot, giving off an ammonia-like odor. Try raking it to promote drying.
Certain trees, such as white spruce and locust trees, are known to produce a cat urine type of odor.
Box elder, the herb Valerian, and certain types of viburnum and penstemon, are additional stinky vegetation culprits for which cats are erroneously blamed.
If you're thinking of adding a few plants to your landscaping, you may want to ask someone at the plant nursery what to expect before you invest in what may turn out to be an obnoxiously noxious plant.
- Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Amanda Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Alessandro Valli Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Diana House Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Christian Guthier Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of chelseagirl
What Can Eliminate a Strong Urine Smell?
Interior odors can be frustrating for a homeowner, but often strong urine smells inside can be resolved once the source is located.
Sulfur Odor in Urine
On average, a person voids 6 1/2 cups of urine a day. The only time most people notice the odor of urine...
Why Do My Paperwhites Stink?
"Paperwhites" refers to a type of narcissus, usually of the Tazetta group, native to the Mediterranean. They are hardy only in warm...
How to Save a Plant From Cat Urine
If you have noticed that cats have been using your houseplants as a place to relieve themselves, you will need to take...
How to Get Rid of Dog/Cat Odor in Shrubs
Dogs and cats that urinate outside tend to visit the same spot repeatedly. This leads to a strong urine smell that permeates...
How to Find a Boxwood That Doesn't Smell Like Cat Urine
Evergreen boxwood (Buxus spp.), with its dense leafy growth, is grown for its beauty and utility as a garden plant, especially for...
How to Get Cat Urine Out of Potting Soil
Cats like to urinate in houseplants because the soil is usually soft and moist. The smell of the ammonia in the urine...
What Does Eucalyptus Smell Like?
Eucalyptus trees have a minty, pine scent with a touch of honey. Due to how closely eucalyptus trees grow to one another,...
Home Remedies for Male Cat Urine Smell
If you live with male cats, then you are probably familiar with the odor of male cat urine. Even confined to a...
Plants That Smell Like Cat Urine
Landscaping your yard is an effective way to improve your home’s curb appeal and provide a backdrop for family gatherings. The last...