08 May Dogscaping! Making Your Yard Work for Your Pet!
Dogs are a huge part of the average Boulder/Denver residents life! There is a growing trend of landscaping your yard specifically for your pup, check out the best tips for dogscaping your yard below!
Start with Big Plants
As much as we would like our dog to not tear up our new plants, chances are it will. When you put a new plant into your garden invest in a larger plant, it is less likely to be disturbed by your dog. If you don’t want to buy bigger plants, make sure you put a cage around it until it gets bigger, tomato cages work well for this!
Make Solid Paths
Dogs prefer to follow a path. Create paths in your garden that you pet can follow and use solid material rather than mulch or gravel, loose materials are ideal for digging in. If your dog is still going through your flower beds even after you have provided paths, get down to her level and see what she sees. Add additional plantings or place a barrier in these unintended paths.
Provide Shade the Dog Can Use
In hot weather, your dog will look for cool places to relax. If you provided them with an easy access shaded area, your dog will lay there rather than somewhere else in your garden where he may do damage.
Know Which Plants in Your Garden are Poisonous
Most dogs will not chew on plants, but some do, especially young dogs. Be aware of the kinds of plants you have in your garden and which are poisonous to dogs. If you see the dog has chewed on one of the poisonous plants, you will be much more able to get your dog the medical attention it needs.
Limit Pesticide and Herbicide Use
While pesticides and herbicides will not kill your dog, it can make the animal sick. Remember, your dog is much closer to the ground and these chemicals than you are and has less body mass, which makes the chemicals more concentrated. Consider using more natural ways to fight off pests and weeds. If you must use chemicals, limit your dog’s contact with the affected area for at least a few days after you have applied the chemicals.
Leave Some Portion of Your Yard as Grass
While lawn-less yards are becoming quite popular, keep in mind that your dog is designed to run. Make sure you provide an area to run in. This will help keep your dog from trying to run through your beds. Also, keep in mind that a dog that is not able to expend energy will be more prone to digging.