Monday, April 21, 2014

How to create a dog-friendly garden

A home with ample yard space is great for homeowners with pets, especially active pets that need their exercise and space to play in. If you’re particular about keeping your house clean and fur-free, it’s easy to partition space for your furry friends. However, it may not be as simple as it seems. Here's how to create a dog-friendly garden...

To keep your grass healthy, train your dog to do his business in a designated area.

Shady areas

Philippine weather can become unbearably hot, especially during the summer months. Keep your pets cool and refreshed by setting up some shade in the garden. Trees with generous shade provide shelter from the sun. Put your dog’s water bowl under the tree while he’s out to play in the garden. 

Tall and sturdy plants

Dogs can be fairly active and lively when brought out to play. Expect them to trample all over your lovely flowers and bump against delicate your plants. To keep from having to repair your garden over and over, opt for plants that are sturdy and can withstand rough pet activities. You may also want to keep your pet’s play space to a limited area. Use your landscape to influence your pet’s behavior. Choose tall plants to section off some off-limit areas. 

Potty training

Dog urine has high nitrogen levels, which can kill off garden grass. To keep your grass healthy, train your dog to do his business in a designated area. Employ a vertical marker that can easily be spotted by your pet and gravel flooring instead of grass. 


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