5 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Yard

If you are anything like us, your pet is a huge part of your family! With that being said, you always want to make sure they are happy and healthy, right? Unfortunately, chemicals are harmful to animals and many plants can be poisonous to animals as well. Today, I want to share five of my favorite tips to creating the perfect pet friendly outdoor space for your four-legged friend!

1. Provide shady areas for your pet to relax.
– Plant trees and tall shrubs (which grow much faster than trees typically)
– pergola, gazebo, or doghouse can also be used to provide shade

2. Use chemicals cautiously.
– Many fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are highly toxic to animals. Always read the product’s label completely and follow all directions precisely. Generally, you will need to keep your pets away from the application area for at least 24 hours. Make sure to retrieve any food bowls and toys before application. Consider using natural and organic products that will not cause harm to your pet. Stow away all chemical products in a safe place.

Here are some suggestions for pet-safe fertilizers:
– Liquid Seaweed
– Fish emulsion
– Grass clipping (mow lawn regularly to keep grass clippings small)
– Compost
– Bone Meal
– Blood Meal

Here are some suggestions for pet-safe pesticides:
– Diatomaceous Earth
– Boric acid
– Essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, lemon, and pine (diluted with water)

Keep the flea and tick population down by mowing your lawn regularly. Prevent any stagnant water from sitting in your yard in order to prevent mosquitos from breeding.

3. Irrigation Schedule
– Allow your yard some time to dry out after irrigation before allowing your pet outside. When grass and soil are wet, they are more easily damaged. Also, you prevent muddy fur and paw prints from coming into your home!

4. Thoughtful Design
– Plant valuable and delicate plants where they are not easily accessed by your pets. Add hardscaping to your yard by adding border fences, stone, brick, and/or wood around your garden beds. This can deter animals from entering and destroying your plants. For smaller dogs and cats, consider installing a raised garden bed.

5. Toxic Plants.
– Unfortunately, many common landscape plants can be toxic to pets. To solve this problem, consider fencing in a section of your yard for your pets to enjoy and the other area is for you to enjoy by planting whatever you desire! If you do not like the appearance of fencing, consider planting large shrubs along the perimeter to add a green border.
– Check out this list of toxic and non-toxic plants provided by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/dogs-plant-list

I hope some of these tips help you create a happy and healthy space for your furry friend!

Happy Gardening!