You likely put a lot of time and effort into landscaping and maintaining your garden. You fill it with beautiful plants, trees and shrubbery so that it can be a place of serenity where you go to relax and sip a cool drink at the end of a long day. Any gardener worth their salt has a responsibility to keep their garden healthy and well-maintained so that it can grow. But pet owners have a whole other level of responsibility, the difficult balance between keeping your garden beautiful and keeping it safe for our furry friends.
Conventional wisdom dictates that a beautifully maintained garden and pet ownership are mutually exclusive concepts, but they needn’t be. With some patience and a little know how you can keep your garden beautiful and pet-safe!
Establish a perimeter
If your dog is new to the household, then the best thing you can do for them is look into fence pricing because a fence around the garden is essential for their safety and security. These are not only a great way of curbing your pet’s wanderlust, they’re invaluable for compartmentalizing your garden and keeping your fluffy friend away from any harmful materials.
A fence should be the right height so that your dog can’t jump over it, yet tightly formed enough to prevent them from squeezing through gaps. You should also check periodically for signs of digging to make sure that Fido isn’t trying to tunnel underneath.
Take them for regular walks
Okay so this isn’t a gardening tip, but regular walks are the best way to keep your garden free of little presents while also reducing your pet’s urge to roam. Your pet needs to understand that the garden is a place where they can relax and play, not their personal bathroom. Regular walks will prevent associations between your garden and emptying their bladder and bowels, but they’ll also help to syphon off the kind of restless energy that could lead them to sabotage your lovingly nurtured plants.
But if they must do their business in the garden…
You can limit the damage that’s done by pet fouling by ensuring that your pet has a designated area in which to do their dirty business. Mark off a specific area that’s obscured or in the periphery of your garden with clothes line. The area should be quite large (6-12 feet in diameter) and easily accessible, so you can take them there if it looks like they’re about to go.
Be sure to lavish them with praise and treats when they go in the right place.
Know the hazards of the garden
A well maintained garden requires the use of various organic and chemical products that can be extremely harmful to pets, even in small amounts. Make sure that none of these items are accessible to your dog.
- Pest control poisons and traps.
- Car oil, brake fluid or other car products.
- Plants (make sure you know which plants could be toxic for your dog and place them somewhere they can’t get to)
- Swimming pools. Dogs are natural swimmers, but they’re unable to climb the ladders that humans use to get out of the pool.