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5/1/11 8:11 P

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just a thought, are you sure it isn't insectskilling the grass? Grubs around here eating the roots give a very similar look. Asking because watching my dog on my front grass, I don't have brown spots there, only the backyard where she goes very frequently

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4/21/11 10:24 P

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Wow that really is a bullying HOA. I do take exception to the review of them being old and having nothing else to do. I'm in that category and I realize that there isn't much that can be done about dogs needing to take a pee!

My corner was always the favorite stop and mark your territory spot for passing dogs. None passed without marking. Well that was when I had a dog. My sweet old dog (she was a marker too) passed away three years ago and I don't have the problem anymore. I don't get droppings or dead spots because they all have to mark.

Now, for those roaming cats that think my raised beds are their personal potty. Somehow people don't take exception to roaming cats like they do dogs....well I do. Cats kill millions of song birds every year.

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Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions.

It IS a really great way for them to get money. The HOA are really not an approachable bunch, they are older people with time on their hands and a vision of the perfectly unrealistic Norman Rockwell street. Unfortunately the neighborhood is suffering from it as it has about a 60% occupancy (so many homes for sale), the HOA's reputation is known. HOA aside, I love this area, as well as the home I built for my kids and wouldn't move.

The dogs that urinate on my lawn are attached to their owners by a leash - not roaming free. Since we have a frozen winter, the grass already looks dead until spring when things come alive and green up - that's when you really see the spots. Plenty of the sidewalk-grass borders in the neighborhood have the same 'dead spot' issue. Its very annoying, but I know that when I walk my dog she smells other dogs on neighbors grasses and marks it too. Nothing really you can do to stop the dog (they would never allow a fence). Poop is a non-issue because we have a city ordinance that says everyone must carry little baggies and clean up after their dogs. Everyone is really good about that.

Think I might try that bitter orange thing - here's hoping the orange oils don't kill the grass. emoticon

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4/21/11 3:19 P

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That's a really strict HOA, seems unrealistic. I agree with the others that suggest you go to the board. It's not fair that you are getting fined because of the dogs that are going on it. They should at least allow you to put in some kind of small fence or border. We try to get our little guy to go on the tree belt but it doesn't always work that way.

It's probably a a great way for them to collect money.



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4/21/11 2:39 P

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I walk my dogs a lot and carry bags for poop. Eventually my female has to pee and it's always on someone's lawn. We don't have an HOA and I've never had anyone complain. In your situation though, they either need to get a life, police loose dogs or allow you to add a border. I got dogs to keep the neighbor cats out of my veggie gardens. Good luck!

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4/21/11 1:56 P

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I agree Roland. I think a first step would be to see if other residents are having this same issue. Then go together to an HOA meeting. If this fails, try to be out there when people are walking their dogs and explain the problem you have and ask them politely to remove the dog poop.

If the HOA gets enought people expressing concern (read - controlled anger), then they may stop with the fines.... Maybe not....Have you considered relocating????

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4/21/11 11:29 A

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Maybe you should challenge the HOA to police the neighborhood for stray dogs or any animal. They should be responsible for keeping these animals in check and those people whom walk their dogs and allow them to deposit in yards other than their own. If your HOA say they can't police it, then say you shouldn't be held responsible either and not be fined for what you and they can't control. Just a thought!

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4/21/11 11:16 A

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There is one great way to deal with this. Post a sign in your yard stating that any dogs that are running loose on your property will be taken to the animal shelter since you assume that they have been abandoned. Then do take any dogs that you see to the animal shelter. People will have to pay significant fees to get their dogs back plus they may get fined if there dog does not have and ID and/or rabies tag.
The problem is not dogs but irresponsible owners. Could you put a fence up? Even a low fence is too much trouble for most dogs to bother with. Garlic will often attract dogs, as will rotten eggs, but if they roll in them and carry the lovely scent home their owners may get the message. emoticon

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4/21/11 11:03 A

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Wow, that is a bullying HOA. We have three dogs and they do ruin the grass. I don't know what you can do about other people's dogs. Don't they have an ordinance about dogs running loose? We have to spray for deer, it is kind of a nasty garlic/rotten egg thing. I don't know if it would keep dogs out, heck may attract dogs. I think there are sprays you can buy to keep dogs off furniture, Bitter apple etc, but I am not sure how to do it on a larger scale.

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4/21/11 10:37 A

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We have the most bullying HOA in my neighborhood. I get fined for every weed, if my grass is taller than they would like, and yellow spots in my lawn. So, I pull the weeds and lower the mowing blade, again... but what do I do about the neighborhood dogs that think my yard is their personal potty? I have read where your supposed to dilute the urine by flooding the spot with water. So I have tried that, but it doesn't seem to help. Obviously, since I don't use caustic polluting chemicals in my yard it smells more attractive to the dogs. The problem is, the monthly fines come. I have twice dug out spots, and reseeded. UGH, I would love to rip out the grass and put in local drought resistant plants or some edible herbs, but they have a rule about a certain percentage of the yard being grass.

I do make a bug repellent for my garden with garlic and onion peelings, do you think spraying this would make my grass less appealing? Does anyone have any experience with this problem? Suggestions? Sollutions?

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