What to do With Poop in Yard

We all want clean, beautiful yards that get us to mow or water every few days. However, sometimes our yards don’t look like a golf course. If you are having poo issues, we will discuss some tips for what to do with poop in your yard in this guide.

What is poop?

Poop is any fecal matter that has been left behind by an animal. It can be either in solid or liquid form, and it contains bacteria that will cause infection if ingested through ingestion or skin contact.

Some types include bird droppings on plants or lawns; deer poop; cat feces around furniture or doorknobs; dog excrement from bedding areas such as carpets and mattresses; rodent poo under beds/furniture legs, etc.

Causes of poop in your yard

If you’ve got poop in your yard, you might be desperate for a solution. There are simple and natural ways that could eliminate all the ugly and smelly spots once and for all. But before we get to that, let’s talk about some of the possible causes of your poop in the yard problem.

Some of the causes are:

  • You have a dog that lives outdoors or even just sleeps outside occasionally. This can lead to poop in your yard, especially if you don’t scoop up after them regularly enough.
  • A sick animal has visited the area where poop is present, perhaps leaving behind some of their own droppings during visits (whether accidental or deliberate). If there are multiple animals living together, this may explain why one has poo while the others do not – for; one cat may have diarrhea and other cats don’t.
  • There are holes dug in the ground that could be filled with waste material such as sand or dirt. It’s possible your dog was digging around looking for something tasty to eat like worms, but sometimes animals will do it because they’re bored.


Why should you get rid of poops in your yard?

Poop in your yard is a health hazard. It can cause serious illness if ingested, and it’s simply unsightly. Not to mention, the smell can be absolutely unbearable at times.

Also, it attracts flies, and nobody wants that. Flies are gross little bugs that like to bite and get in the way of your fun. They’re also carriers for many diseases.

It’s important to remove poop from your yard as soon as possible if you want them gone permanently, or at least until next season when they start coming back.

What you should do about poop in yard

There are several ways to deal with poop in your yard. What you choose will depend on the severity of the problem and how much work you’re willing to put in.

If there is a small area that’s affected, you can simply clean it up yourself using some household items. For larger areas, or if the poop is difficult to reach, you may need to call in a professional.

In either case, it’s important to act quickly before the poop has a chance to cause any damage or illness.

How to clean up poop in yard


Use a shovel or dustpan to scoop up and dispose of the feces

If the poop is fresh and hasn’t had a chance to dry out yet, you can use a shovel or rake to remove it from the surface. Be sure to wear gloves and some type of mask – this stuff is not only unsightly but also dangerous if ingested.

You can then dispose of it in a trash bag and take it outside immediately. If there are large amounts, you might want to consider using a pressure washer to clean the area. This will help remove any bacteria that may be left behind from the feces itself.

If you’re unable to reach certain areas with a shovel or rake, use an old toothbrush instead. This works great for things like cracks in concrete sidewalks where there might not be enough room to maneuver larger tools such as rakes and shovels. It’s also useful if you have pets that go outside often because it will help keep their paws clean.

You can also try using a dustpan instead of a shovel or rake; just make sure not to get any on your hands while cleaning up because this could lead to bacteria spreading around even more (not good!).

Scrubbing down the area where poop was found may help remove some of its smell too so don’t forget about doing this part.

Add lime powder to neutralize the odor and kill bacteria

Lime powder is a great way to neutralize the smell of poop without having any chemicals around your yard. What you’ll need for this method is some lime juice, water or vinegar (if desired), and an old toothbrush.

Mix these ingredients together until they form a paste, then spread it over where feces were found using an application tool like a paint roller brush or even just your hands if there isn’t much space available – but be careful not to get any on yourself because that could lead to irritation which may cause itching throughout the day, long after the cleanup process has ended.

You might want to wear protective clothing such as gloves while doing so to prevent getting covered in lime powder from head-to-toe before ever being able to reach into poop areas.

If you are using a paint roller brush, then make sure to use one that has been washed beforehand since these will contain chemicals that can damage skin if left on for an extended period of time without being cleaned off properly afterward (and again, remember not all should be used because some may cause irritation).

This step is especially important when dealing with larger amounts of droppings, such as those found in dog parks or other outdoor spaces where there isn’t enough room to maneuver larger tools such as rakes and shovels.

Cover it up with dirt and/or mulch

Another way to deal with poop in the yard is by simply covering it up. You can do this using either dirt or mulch, but be sure that whatever you use is fresh so that it will help kill any bacteria that might still be present.

This is a good option if the poop has been there for a while and has had a chance to dry out because it will make it much harder for bacteria to spread. Just be careful not to step into the area yourself (or let your pets walk over it) until the material has had a chance to settle and take hold.

What not to do about poop in yard


Do not try disinfecting with bleach as this could cause harmful fumes

Bleach is a great disinfectant, but it’s not recommended for use when cleaning up poop because of the harmful fumes that it emits. These can cause irritation to your nose, throat, and eyes – and if you’re unlucky enough to inhale them, they could even lead to respiratory problems.

Do not try using ammonia as this will only make the smell worse

Ammonia is another substance that should be avoided when cleaning up feces because it actually makes the smell worse instead of helping to get rid of it. Not only will this make dealing with the cleanup process much more difficult, but it also increases the chances of bacteria spreading around even further.

Do not scrub too hard or use harsh chemicals as these could damage grass or plants

It’s important not to scrub too hard when cleaning up poop because this could damage the grass or plants in the area. In addition, using harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia could also have adverse effects on these things, so it’s best to just avoid them altogether.

Do not leave the job unfinished

Even if you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, it’s important not to leave the job unfinished. The longer the feces sit there, the more bacteria will spread and the harder it will be to get rid of the smell. So try and take some time out each day to focus on cleaning up poop in the yard until it’s all gone.

What to do if there’s a lot of poop in the yard

If the problem is too large for you to handle on your own, or if the poop has already started to dry out and become difficult to remove, it’s time to call in a professional.

There are many companies that offer this type of service, and they will be able to get rid of the feces quickly and efficiently. They will also be able to tell you where the source of the problem is coming from so you can take appropriate action.

It’s important that you don’t try to deal with poop in your yard yourself if you’re not confident about what you’re doing – this could lead to even more problems down the road.


After following the simple steps above, take a look around your property and make sure you haven’t missed any spots. If you find a spot or two, go back and apply some more poop remover as necessary until all the odor is gone. Your lawn will smell better than it has in years, and your neighbors will be jealous of the new landscaping additions you just made.