Artificial grass can look good all year round without the maintenance that natural grass requires.
Unfortunately, cats and dogs will mess on your artificial lawn just as they do on natural grass or gravel. Fortunately, artificial grass makes poo easier to remove because cats can’t dig in their faeces plus you can hose it down pretty easily. Cats hate certain strong smells too such as citrus, lavender and some plants such as Coleus Canina and Cat Mint.
There are several things you can do to stop cats from peeing on your artificial grass including using deterrents in the form of smells and planting through to more potent solutions such as water sprays and high-pitched sounds.
- Citronella/lemongrass. Citronella oil comes from the leaves of the lemongrass plant. Make up a spray bottle of citronella and water and spray it around on your artificial grass.
- Lavender. Lavender grows very well here in the UK and seems to be very hardy and easy to cultivate. Use a few drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle.
- Peppermint. Grow peppermint in your garden, or use it as an essential oil. Some cats don’t like the smell of peppermint. It is actually toxic to them because it contains salicylate, a chemical also found in aspirin, so no wonder they don’t like it.
Use noise to discourage cats
With their keen sense of hearing, cats can be kept out of your garden with an ultrasound repellent. This device works by emitting a high-frequency sound that cats (and other pests such as foxes) don’t like. The noise is undetectable to humans and won’t scare birds away.