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If you have a new fluffy friend, or not so new in my case. Harry is getting on a bit (a lot) now.
Something I never thought of was how you need to make sure that you adapt your garden appropriately. After all, there are lots of dangers within a normal garden, for example, poisonous plants. At the same time, you want to make sure that your pet has ample space to run around and have fun while also maintaining the beauty of your outside area.
It can be a difficult balance to achieve but it is not impossible. Read on to discover some useful pieces of advice.
Create a breakout zone for your pet
One of the first things you should consider is creating a breakout space for your pet. This should be somewhere that is designed specifically for your animal. It should contain places for them to play hide and seek, different things to climb, and shaded areas where they can relax. Not only will this keep your pet happy but it will keep you happy too because it means that you still have part of your garden kept for yourself.
Consider your plant options carefully
There are a number of different factors that need to be considered when choosing the perfect plants for your garden. The first thing you need to do is to make sure that all toxic plants are removed. Some of the plants that need to be avoided included yew, wisteria, tomato, oak, hydrangea, foxglove, delphinium, daphne, daffodil, buttercup, aconite, and chrysanthemum. You should also choose plants that are robust. After all, boisterous dogs can easily damage plants with delicate stems. Established and robust plants to consider include hardy geranium, astilbe, and nepeta. There are a lot of plants that are dog-friendly too. This includes calendula, impatiens, Centaurea, honeysuckle, rose, lavender, sunflowers, and snapdragons. You can also use borders and planters. This guide on what plants to plant in a border is helpful.
Make sure your garden is secure
Now is a good time to enhance the privacy of your garden, ensuring a safe and secure place for you and your fluffy friend. You do need to be mindful because a lot of pets will escape through holes in fences or dig underneath them. Because of this, you need to ensure that your borders are secure at the base.
Provide shade and shelter
When ensuring that your garden is suitable for your pets, you need to think about what you want from a garden. You want a place to relax and unwind, right? You would not want to sit in the direct sunlight all day long, would you? Neither will your dog! This is why you need to make sure that your outside space provides shade and shelter for your animals.
No grass seed
Last but not least, you need to make sure you stay away from traditional grass seed. This is because it can become very harmful to dogs. The seed can end up lodged deep in your dog’s throat, paws, eyes, or ears, which can result in your pet needing surgery.
So there you have it: some garden design tips for those with pets. We hope that you have found this information useful if you have a pet and you are looking for ways to create a garden that entertains them while being completely safe too.