Your dog will always love to sprint across your yard. Cats may not be as active, but they still like to spend all day basking in the sun. Your pet is likely to come in contact with different types of plants, with water, and may even cause some unwanted damages. If you want to protect both your pet and the garden, it is important to pet proof it. Here are 7 tips to help you with:
1. Choose Salt Tolerant Plants & Lawn
Salt tolerant plants and lawns show strong resilience to both pet urine and foot traffic. The best examples of such plans are:
- Tall Fescue
- Rugosa Roses
Keep in mind that dogs usually avoid plants with strong scents. So you may have to think before planning roses, barberries, bamboo, and euphorbia.
There is a good chance that your pet may like munching on plants. So make sure that you are choosing only non-toxic and safe plants and grasses. It will be best to check the toxic plants list provided by the ASPCA and avoid any such plants.
2. Avoid Chemical Fertilizers or Pesticides
Use only organic mulch. Avoid all chemical pesticides, herbicides, synthetic mulches and fertilizers. This may require spending more in improving the soil, but you will be doing a good job preventing chemical exposure to both your kids and pets.
3. Raised Flower Beds
One of the main concerns for pet owners is how to keep their dog out of the flowers. If you can build raised flower beds, you can find a solution to this problem. It should be raised enough to prevent your pet from entering and trampling the flowers.
4. Cover all Water Surfaces
Don’t allow water to stand around in the yard. Your pet is most likely to drink it. There is a good chance that freestanding water could be a haven for mosquitoes and drinking it could cause affect your pet’s health. Besides, it could also mean a hazard for your family’s health.
There is no denying that water bodies can be fun in the garden, but it is recommended to cover them entirely or to place a net over them. This could help prevent your pet from drinking the water.
5. Safer Fencing & Markers
Over time your fencing is likely to be covered with lots of nails, splintered wood, and wiring. It is recommended to repair all such hazardous protrusions. This will help prevent any injury if your pet wants to climb or jump onto the fence.
Similarly, if you have pet markers in your garden, make sure they are safe. Avoid any type of sharp markers or something with sharp projections.
6. Choose Special Toys
Choose a set of special toys which are allowed to be played with only outdoors. Use the toys to keep your pet busy so that they don’t run into the plants.
7. Design your Garden for Proper Movement
Design your garden in a way that your pet gets all the room to move around without entering into the flower beds. All the plants can be positioned in a way that they don’t interfere with the normal moment of your dog.
Use these tips to ensure that both your yard and pet are safe at all times.