Thorny shrubs?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Bunton Guy, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Looking for a barier to plant inbetween my hybrid willows that will help stop the neighbors dog from coming onto our property?

    The dog sits under our car port at 2AM and barks till we chase it off then it runs back to the house squeeling like we shot it! :hammerhead:

    There is a leash law around here and the animal control has come to their house atleast 4-5 times. They won't take the dog till the people answer the door which they know the what happens if they do answer so they don't!:dizzy:

    Anywho so I planted 30 hybrid willows which suposedly grow very very fast. They are 4-5ft. apart and I need shrubs to go between these that are low to the ground and will discourage any passer byes ?? any thoughts:confused:

    Only thing I can think of is pyracantha. Althogh full of long thorns in most cases maybe not enough? Kinda nice that it flowers so it won't look like we did this on purpose as we would like to enjoy the colors at the same time as a solid barrier.

    Not to mention even with our no tresspassing signs the neighbors walk onto our property and around the house when we are not home to get a glimps of my equiment around the house...taking photos so they can turn them into the local zoning office getting us in trouble on a regular basis.:nono:
     
  2. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Nice big bowl of antifreeze left in the carport will do the trick.
     
  3. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ill admit I have thought of it. But with doing it that way its hard to control which animal gets it! im a dog lover and I don't want to kill the thing I just want to keep the thing on its property. If I kill their dog he will kill mine (when I get one)
    Although I will keep mine in the fenced in area....regardless he is ruthless I know he will come around when im not looking and kill my dog. He has done it to a neighbor down the street.
     
  4. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    my friend there is no better shrub ilex cornuta ‘Rotunda’ /dwf chinese holly/ or just rotunda hollies or these are the medium growing VERY sharp, dense and low to the ground. Nothing in it right mind will make the trip through them.
     
  5. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    tomscreek: Aren't the cornuta rotunda's hard to get a hold of now days? I don't think any growers are really messing with these anymore?
     
  6. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wouldn't transplant a row of poison-oak, because if they pet their dog - you know what that means.

    Enough sun for firethorn? Maybe keep it sheared small.
     
  7. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I don't know. I'm kind of isolated since all by material come from our nursery. It is true about stuff getting scarce sometimes. We're having to go back into prop to keep the things we like in stock.
     
  8. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No matter what you plant he will find a way to come back because he likes it for some reason. Just put a BB or pellet in his ass once or twice that is all it will take and no one will know except. I know you are a dog lover but you have to do what you have to do. And you will save some money.
     
  9. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How about some nice Euphorbia? Or would it be too cold there for it?
     
  10. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
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    pepper spray once or twice to the eyes will keep him at bay. No permanent effects other than he should remember not to come to your yard anymore. And, if his owner comes over, set the sprinkler system with a motion detector.
     

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