You’ve already dog proofed your home to protect your furniture. Now you can enjoy the inside of your house in comfort. What about the garden, however?
The outdoors is where your pup is in his happy place. They have the space to do the things that dogs do. Namely, run freely and jump to their heart’s content. And to dig up the lawn and plants. And do his business all over the place. And run off to who knows where.
In other words, it has to also be dog proofed so your doggo doesn’t destroy your outdoors area.
In this article, I will go over several ways that you can create a garden that both your family and your dog can enjoy.
1 – Get a fence
To keep your dog from running off and doing damage around your neighborhood, you should have a fence. A fence can be tricky when you are decorating your home, however. Fencing can transform an estate as they can be done quite stylishly. But they have to also be functional to keep your dog from wandering.
Get one that can’t easily be squeezed through and give it a height of at least 5 feet to make sure that they can’t jump over.
Some people may want to install an invisible dog fence, but this can injure your dog as the collar sends a shock when he crosses the barrier. It will take a while for him to understand where the barrier is.
2 – Use raised beds for plants
Raised bed gardening is an efficient way to grow vegetables or flowers. It makes it easier to take care of weeding, watering and planting. And as a nice bonus, it also prevents your pooch from digging up the plants.
You’ll need to make them a height that eliminates the temptation to climb into them and start digging away. This may make them a bit too high for aesthetic reasons. If this is your case, say, if your dog is large, then fence off that area with a gate to prevent anya access.
3 – Consider safety
In addition to thinking about ways to keep your garden from getting ruined, you should also be considering your pet’s safety. Take some measures to prevent any mishaps or injuries.
You should ensure that any water fixtures are covered to prevent them from getting into the water. Pools and ponds will need to be closed off to them when nobody is around.
Also, be mindful of the plants you decorate with as some can be poisonous to dogs. Hydrangea, carnations and geraniums are just a few of the plants that can be toxic if your dog decides to eat them.
4 – Plant hardy grass
Even when your dog is well trained, they will inevitably urinate in certain areas that will get burnt by the ammonia. Their running will also damage the grass and end up looking patchy and brown.
Look into hardy grasses that are more resistant to the rigors that your dog will put it through. Varieties such as Perennial Rye are great at staying strong against their onslaught. Another variety that is popular in the American South is Kentucky Bluegrass. It is a very good grass that needs little water and a lovely hue in addition to also being hardy enough to look good even when your dog is rough on