It Is Possible To Have A Dog And A Garden
A pet dog is a huge part of many families. And why not? They are loyal and love you know matter how bad a day we had. Many homeowners feel that once they have a dog, there goes the garden. That does not have to be the case.
Start With A Design
The best way to accomplish both goals is to design your garden to meet your dog’s needs as well as your own. It is necessary to design a landscape that will leave room for you dog to be able to romp and race without injuring himself or trampling your flowers―well, most of the time, anyway. Owning a dog also means giving up perfectionism and learning forgiveness.
Each breed of dog has different needs and a different personality. Understanding this will allow you to create a design that best fits the individual. The more attention that is paid to this, the happier the dog and the happier the owner. An area to run, border control, a cool and soft place to lay, sensible plants and a marking post are all good features to consider.
Consider The Plants
Most plants are safe for pets but avoid spiny and thorny plants as they can cause eye injuries. Visit www.aspca.org/toxicplants for a complete list of pet poisonous plants.
Many wild mushrooms produce afla-toxins, which can be fatal if ingested by dogs; if mushrooms appear, dig and dispose of them immediately. Your compost pile should be off-limits for the same reason. Weeds can be dangerous, especially foxtail grasses with barbed seed heads, which dogs can accidentally inhale with serious consequences.
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