Creating a pet-friendly garden doesn’t mean your garden will have to be bare, patchy lawn, or even dug-up plants. If you are starting to make your garden pet friendly or already have your perfect garden and are about to introduce your new pet, these tips will help you, and your pet enjoys the garden as much as each other.
Key points of a pet-friendly garden
- Organic gardening
- Secure boundary
- Non-toxic plants
- Stimulating interest
Organic gardening is one way to create a pet-friendly garden
Ensuring that you don’t use any toxic chemicals is beneficial for your plants, the wildlife, and the wider environment and you and your new pet. Avoid toxic weed killer, slug and snail pellets, additives in water features and anything else that isn’t natural in the garden. Always check the packaging advice before use.
Create a pet-friendly garden with a secure boundary
You won’t want your pet to escape your garden, so make sure all boundaries are the right height to keep them safe, and there are no holes or ways to dig underneath. You can also plant in front of boundaries for added security. Keep your gate locked and all items in the garden secure as well, such as your compost bin and shed.
Choose plants wisely to create a pet-friendly garden
Some plants are toxic to pets, so it’s important to check before planting out, or if you already have a garden full of plants, just take a note of them and read up online or ask us in store. Plants such as Daffodils, Rhododendrons, Snowdrops and Rhubarb are some of many so do check first.
Create a pet-friendly garden and stimulate their senses
A sensory garden isn’t just a wonderful place for us but also for pets. Tall grasses that move and rustle in the wind can be great fun, plus hiding places, areas specifically to play in and even a basket of toys left outside.
Training can be important to create a pet-friendly garden
The lawn is, of course, most gardeners issue when it comes to dogs. Their urine can mean a patchy lawn. There are various things to try, such as immediately rinsing the grass, using lawn protection dog rocks in their water bowl that neutralises their urine. Still, the best thing all around is to train your dog to go to the toilet in a specific area in the garden. If you pick a patch and know that spot is for your pet, you might manage to save the rest of your lawn.
Most importantly, though, enjoy your garden and make some precious memories with your family pet.
For advice on pet-friendly plants, pet supplies, and more, visit us in the store.