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Who here has pets? I love our two cats, Tiger and Whiskey. They make our lives interesting and fun. This collaborative post is all about creating a pet-friendly garden. Enjoy!
Those of you with pets should be a bit worried about how they and your garden get along. Having a garden can be beneficial for pet owners. It gives your animal a place to run around and be a little bit free. However, many things may cause some concern with regards to your garden and your pet. As a consequence, you need to make your garden pet-friendly.
There’s no need to panic, you haven’t got to make any drastic changes or alterations to your beloved garden. All it takes is just a few smart ideas to help your garden become a lot more friendly for all pets. Here’s what you should do:
Avoid Planting Harmful Things
The biggest concern for pet owners – particularly those of you with dogs – is that your pet eats something you’ve planted and gets sick. This can happen a lot as dogs love to go sniffing around chewing on flowers and plants. Obviously, you don’t want this to happen because it means all your hard gardening work is ruined! But, on a more serious note, it will be horrific if something bad happened to your pet.
The problem is, there are lots of toxic plants out there that are very commonly planted in people’s gardens. For example, did you know that lilies can cause numerous problems for dogs? It’s true, and if you look on epicgardening.com, you’ll find a great resource that talks you through some toxic and non-toxic plants. You want to avoid the toxic ones and make sure you only plant the non-toxic varieties in your back garden. This helps keep your pet safe if they end up eating some of your plants.
Be Aware Of The Fertilizer You Use
A big part of growing things in a garden is ensuring they’re well fertilized. This requires you to get your hands on some fertilizer, which is easily available from any gardening store you can think of. There are lots of different types of fertilizer on the market, all of which could be made up of different ingredients and chemicals. You need to read through the list of ingredients to make sure they’re not harmful to your pet.
Well, you actually shouldn’t have to do this as it should say on the packaging whether or not it’s pet-safe. It’s vital you get a fertilizer that’s pet-safe as an unsafe one will make even non-toxic plants dangerous for your pet. Similarly, if you use any pesticides as part of your garden maintenance routine, then make sure you do the same thing for them as well. Only get pet-safe ones, avoid ones that contain dangerous chemicals.
Put A Protective Barrier Around Your Garden
If you live out in the countryside or have a very open garden, then it can be a bit of an issue for your pets. Sure, you’ve given them loads of freedom to roam around, but the last thing you want is them getting lost. Similarly, you don’t want other people’s pets – or wild animals – getting into your garden and fighting with your pet. So, the clever thing to do is erect a protective barrier of sorts around the perimeter of your garden. This sounds quite fancy and intense, but all I’m really talking about is a fence of sorts.
Naturally, some of you might not like this idea as you don’t want a fence to make your garden look and feel smaller. Don’t worry, as you’ll see by visiting AtkinsInc.com, there are things called invisible pet fences around as well. These serve to help create an almost invisible barrier around your garden that stops your pets from running out and getting lost. They’re quite smart, but I won’t get into all the technical aspects of how they work, etc. All you need to know is that it’s an option if you don’t want to build a garden fence.
Also, and this is a bonus point, you could build protective barriers/fencing around potentially dangerous areas of your garden. If you have a pond, then you should build a fence around it to stop your pet falling in it if they can’t swim.
Cut Any Thorns Or Sharp Bushes
Over time, things can grow in your garden without you having a say in it. Most notably; thorn bushes. As it notes on homeguides.sfgate.com, there are many varieties of thorn bush out there. You don’t have to know them all, but it helps if you want to identify a thorn bush in your garden or not. What you do need to know is that thorn bushes are potentially dangerous and harmful to your pets. While most pets do have a nice thick coat of fur, this won’t always prevent thorns from sticking into them.
Cats and dogs love going exploring and could run off into a thorn bush before you have a chance to stop them. This could cause them so much pain, and you’ll have to try and get a scared pet out of the push and pluck out all the thorns from them. It’s particularly dangerous for the uncovered parts of their body like their nose and eyes.
You need to be on the lookout for any thorn bushes or sharp things in your garden and cut them down. Realistically, they don’t look pretty anyway, and they make your garden seem a bit overgrown. From an aesthetic point of view, you’re doing your garden a favor as well as saving your pet from any harm.
Some people think that you can’t have a nice garden if you have pets. They believe you can’t plant anything as it’s unsafe, and you basically have to turn your garden into a giant pet sanctuary. Well, this isn’t the case! As you can see, there are a few minor changes you can make to your garden that will guarantee the safety of your pets. The best thing is, none of these ideas takes anything away from the natural beauty of your backyard.
Creating a Pet-Friendly Garden
How would you go about in creating a pet-friendly garden? Let me know in the comments section below.
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