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Gardening With Dogs

April 15, 2021

Do you have both a yard and a dog? If so, you may find yourself in a bit of a bind when it comes to gardening. Fido is a wonderful companion, but his landscaping skills do leave a lot to be desired. In fact, Man’s Best Friend has ruined quite a few plant beds in his day. Here, a Bend, OR vet offers some tips on helping your canine buddy and your plants thrive in a shared space.


Boundaries

Our first suggestion may also be our most helpful. Divide your yard up into areas. Set aside one part for the pup, and another for your plants. You don’t have to install fencing to separate these sections. You can use shrubs, low brick walls, driftwood, raised beds, or plant pots.


Planting

Many popular plants are toxic to Man’s Best Friend. Some dangerous ones include sago palms, tulips, lilies, daffodils, and onions. This doesn’t mean you can’t plant these things: you just need to put them in spots your dog can’t reach. The ASPCA has more information on safe and unsafe plants here .


Doggy Activities

The best way to keep Fido out of mischief? Wear him out! Offer your pooch lots of fun toys, and walk and play with him daily. Tired dogs are good dogs: they’re more interested in napping than in digging up your gardens.


Design

Before choosing a design, pay attention to where your canine pal goes in your yard. Does Fido have one area that he diligently patrols? Work that into your design. As the saying says, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!


Ground Cover

Many people mainly consider cost, aesthetics, and upkeep when picking ground covers. You’ll also want to think about your furry friend! Opt for something that is both safe and durable, especially in Fido’s part of the yard. Buffalo grass, thyme, and artificial turf are all good options. Avoid mulch: it can cause splinters and is a serious choking risk. Plus, it offers an inviting refuge to fleas and ticks.


Bribery

Another way to keep Fido out of your plants? Make sure his part of the yard more fun by giving it a ‘pupgrade.’ Add a doghouse, kiddie pool, sandbox, and/or ramps. Toys are also a must, of course.



Please contact us, your Bend, OR veterinary clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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