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Question DetailsAsked on 8/11/2013

Can I prohibit my tenant's dog into the backyard?plants look bad in backyard- dog's free backyard zone

Can I prohibit my tenant's dog into the backyard?
plants look bad in backyard- could dog be responsible ?

Backyard has gardening maintenance twice a month, yet the plants in the backyard look like they are dying.
My gardener said that the soil is weak due to the route system of trees coming from the park presidio nearby(about 4-5 blocks from the backyard).

He also said that the fact that my tenant takes his dog to the backyard, and even though he cleans it after the dog, the plants are being affected too.

Can I prohibit the tenant's dog to enter the backyard?

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You would basically have to catch the dog damaging the plants. If it urinates on or immediately adjacent to the plants (or on the lawn) the added nitrogen may initially make them greener and grow more foliage, but after several times will start of yellow and turn brown and die eventually. Proving that is the cause would be tough,and if all the plants look the same it is unlikely to be the cause, as dogs tend to go the same place every time.

If you gardener thinks trees 4-5 blocks away are affecting your yard, he needs to be sent packing. Even the largest trees would be proud of itself to spread roots half a normal block, much less 4-5 blocks. Also, if roots were taking the nutrition, then adding the appropriate fertilizer would compensate. My guess is your gardener knows nothing about gardening, and does cutting and mowing and that is it.

I would talk to the tenant about it, and establish a standard place for the dog to go - maybe a small fine gravel area in a corner away from most of the shrubs, or on a piece of lawn where excess urine poisoning will clearly show up as dying brown circles.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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