A lot of home owners assume that you can never take care of pets and take care of a beautiful garden all at once. You either choose one option from the other and vice versa. But then, this does not necessarily have to be true. All it takes is for you to apply some pet-friendly gardening tips for you to take care of your own garden as well as your own pets. There are common issues that most pet owners face when taking care of their own garden. These include their pets digging on dirt and trampling on their garden beds. These issues should be the least of your worries if you know of some tips to make your garden as pet-friendly as it can be. Below is a guide to making your garden pet-friendly.

1. Create a good design for your garden. Incorporate defined pathways and raised beds to prevent your dogs from stepping on your flowers and plants. You can also set up some protective barriers like fences to separate the space where your plants can grow properly and the space where your pets can roam around free.

2. Make good plant choices. Avoid filling your garden with delicate and fragile plants. If possible, you should go with plants that grow up trellises and arbors so your dogs or cats will not be easily trampling on them.

3. Take note of the habits of your pets. For example, if your dog loves to dig in a particular part of your yard or garden, make sure to place rough mulches or rocks on it. If there is a particular area of your garden that your pet loves to rest or sit one, save yourself the hassle by not planting anything there. Again, you should create a barrier between your plants and the space where you will be putting up your fence if your pet just loves walking around your yard or garden.

4. Besides setting up a garden that your pet will not hurt, make sure that your garden will also not be harming your pet. To make your garden pet-friendly, you should avoid the use of chemicals around your plants. To avoid using chemicals, weed as early as possible before they spread. If possible, you should only use organic plant products and fertilizers like compost. This will not only be better for your pets but your plants as well, most especially if you are picking your own vegetables and fruits for the entire family.

5. Avoid planting plants that can be potentially harmful to your pets. Some common outdoor plants noted to be harmful or poisonous to household pets like cats and dogs include some mushroom varieties, Sago palm trees, rhododendrons, foxglove, azaleas, lily of the valley, and rosebay. Do an online research to determine which plants and herbs will cause harm to your animals.

6. Keep gardening equipment and tools away from your pets and small children. This helps prevent your pets and small children from suffering from possible injuries. To ensure that these gardening necessities such as hoes, rakes, mowers, and tillers would not be posing any hazard to your pets and children, store them to an area that they could not access such as a shed.

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