Hello. Here's a tricky question for you ... I live in a terraced house with a small garden. We have flower bed - about 1/2 metre wide by 8 metres long where we have a few shrubs, herbs and flowers.
A year ago one of our immediate neighbours got three cats. Sadly these cats now use our flower bed as their toilet.
I have 2 children (aged 1 and 4) and until last year we grew vegetables in the flower bed - as a way of gardening with the children. I no longer can do it though as wherever we dig or plant, the cats poo.
Obviously this is quite upsetting, but the neighbour says she is unable to do anything about it - she does have cat litter trays but these are ex-strays so they much prefer gardens.
I really need to make the garden safe for my children and prevent the cats from pooing in the flower beds. The only way I can think of doing this is by planting something which provides complete ground cover on the flower beds.
I don't want to loose the shrubs e.g bay tree, and am looking for something that I can plant that will spread. Ideally it would be low level (so that the shrubs can remain), and would provide cover year round.
My plan is to plant then cover the whole area with a tight net to stop the cats digging while the plants grow - and hopefully take over.
I would be really grateful if anyone has any ideas on suitable plants. I really would like to enjoy the forthcoming summer with my children in the garden - with out having to watch their every move and stop them from smelling the flowers in the flower bed or looking at the ladybird and butterfly houses for fear that they'll touch or step in poo.
- 9 Feb, 2011