5 Tips for Dog Friendly Yards

Posted by Sunburst Landscaping on July 15, 2018
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We love our pets and want to give them the best. Unfortunately, they don’t often realize how much destruction they cause to our beloved yards. Though this can be frustrating, especially if you put a lot of care into your yard, there are a few simple steps you can take to create fun and safe dog friendly yards that won’t get destroyed.

Here are five of our favorite tips on how to create the best backyard for dogs!

1. Install Artificial Grass

Even if your dog doesn’t dig, their everyday use of your backyard can have a destructive effect. Switching to artificial grass is a fantastic compromise that both you and your pet will love.
Your pet will love the fact that artificial grass looks and feels like the right stuff, making it perfect for their afternoon prance.
And you’ll love that artificial grass doesn’t lose its color or shape, even after your pup does their business. Not to mention that it’s easier to take care of and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals.

2. Design According To Breed

It can be hard to tell what type of impact your dog will have on your backyard. However, one great way to create a pet-friendly atmosphere in your yard is to find out more about their breed.
For instance, is it common for your breed of dog to chew on plants? If so, you may want to rethink that lush, green garden, or at least make some adjustments.

3. Use Organic Fertilizers And Herbicides

It’s important that your pet has a safe place to play, but it’s also understandable that you want your yard to look great.
Unfortunately, many of the most common pesticides and lawn care products contain chemicals that are harmful to animals if ingested, according to the National Institute of Health.
Yet that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a great-looking lawn. Instead, switch to organic lawn care products. Vinegar and composting are two great alternatives that are cost-effective and pet approved.

4. Edge Or Fence Your Garden

For those who have a green thumb, landscaping with dogs in mind can be quite tough. You want to keep planting, but you don’t want your dog to get into your plants and ruin your hard work.
Consider edging your garden with stones or creating a small fence around your garden area. Not only will these keep your pup away, but they’ll add a great aesthetic to your yard, as well.

5. Be Careful What You Plant

Dogs have a tendency to get curious. Combine their natural curiosity with some potentially dangerous plants, and you’re only one chew away from disaster.
Before giving your dog free reign on the yard, ensure that your yard is free from any deadly or harmful plants, such as aloe, nightshade, or parsley.
The ASPCA website has a comprehensive guide to help you determine what is and isn’t safe for your dog, so be proactive and do your research.

Happy Dogs Start With Dog Friendly Yards

By following these five tips, everyone can have gorgeous, dog friendly yards that can be enjoyed by human and four-legged friend alike.
If you’re interested in learning more about artificial grass and how it can help you create the best backyard for dogs, be sure to get in touch today!