5 Landscaping Tips To Better Coexist With Your Canine Buddy

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When you have an energetic dog, having a beautiful yard can seem like an impossible dream. But if you learn to work with the dog's instinct and share space, your pet friend and your garden can share the same space successfully. How can you do this? Here are 5 ideas to get you started.

Know Your Dog. Different breeds have different needs. Many dogs have an innate need to patrol the border of their territory (a.k.a. your yard). Others have a natural digging instinct or a desire to chase small invaders. Once you know what tendencies your dog and its breed have, you can work them into your landscaping. For example, is your pup a natural border patrol? Place your landscaping about 3 or 4 feet inside the fence and leave a soft mulch run for him to use around the edge. 

Make a Toilet Area. Your dog also needs a place to relieve himself comfortably, but you don't want him using the whole yard. To avoid this problem, start training as soon as possible to teach him to use just one designated spot for his business. If you're not sure how to positively train your dog where to go, look for a qualified dog trainer with experience with your breed.

Create Borders. Natural borders can help keep the dog out of your flower beds and garden areas. To deter Fido, you should plant a dense and lush row of shrubs or a somewhat-high wood or rock border. If you've created enough safe and open spaces for him to play, he likely won't feel the need to burrow through barriers. For added protection, you can also use raised garden beds, a berm or low picket fencing. 

Add Shelter. It's especially important in warm climates to provide plenty of natural shade and shelter for your furry friend to enjoy. Pergolas, arbors and shade trees can all make beautiful additions to your yard and provide ample shade. Place the shady spots (and any water sources) where you want to encourage the dog to hang out. 

Keep Landscaping Safe. Keep Fido in mind when deciding what plants to include in your landscaping. Avoid anything with thorns, spines or sap as these will stick in paws, ears, and fur. And be sure never to plant things that are known to be toxic to dogs - such as the Sago palm, azalea or clematis. Keep the yard tidy, too, to avoid accidental dangers such as mushrooms or dangerous weeds from popping up.

If you're hiring professional help to landscape your yard, be sure to discuss your dog's needs with them. A landscaping contractor can help you decide where to place your yard's various elements and what plants will be both attractive and dog-friendly. The result will be a yard that both you and your best friend can thoroughly enjoy. 

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15 June 2016

Discussing Landscaping Practices

Hello, my name is Willy Wilson. When I was in college, I rented a small home with my friends and coworkers. The home was in bad shape and needed a lot of help across the entire property. My friends and I decided to build up the home from the inside out with a unique landscaping layout. The landscaping process ignited a passion for creating gardens out of tired, patchy lawn space. I want to use this site to explore all of the different ways you can create a beautiful landscape around your home. Come by anytime to learn about this fascinating subject.