The relationship between human beings and pets such as dogs and cats is a dynamic and mutually beneficial one which positively influences the health and well-being of both. The responsibility to provide a safe and nourishing environment like a garden for such creatures is something pet owners take very seriously. Below are some guidelines on how you can develop a pet friendly garden.
Know poisonous pet plants
Invest enough time in researching and knowing pet friendly plants for pets. The worst you would ever go through as a pet owner is to kill your pets by subjecting them to poisonous plants.
Start with larger plants
Starting with larger plants will help discourage your dog from trampling them out of ignorance. The bigger they are, the harder it is for your dog to make them fall.
Use sturdy border plants
When designing your garden, line the exterior with large plants that provide a natural barrier and dissuade your dog from crossing the line. Sturdy border plants provide a buffer and will be the first line of defence for a dog-proofed garden.
Like people, dogs and cats enjoy having a trail on which to walk. You should therefore consider installing a permanent path with pavers or stepping-stones. In small gardens, playful dogs can easily disturb paths of cedar mulch or gravel, so paths of brick or stone are easier to maintain.
Use containers and raised beds
Using containers works well for small breeds of pets or for dogs who just can’t resist digging. Putting your plants in containers allows you to elevate or otherwise strategically place them somewhere where your dog can’t access. Raised beds also prevent plants from being trampled on.
Alternate digging area
Dogs generally love digging, so give them a place of their own to dig up. A digging spot in the yard is a must to cater for this need. You can also consider a dog sandbox as the best possible alternative.
The guidelines provided above should see you developing an enjoyable garden for your pets.