Improving Your Pets’ Lives Through Landscaping

Dog in landscaped yard.When looking to improve the look of your yard, you must also take into consideration another member of you family – your pet. ‘Petscaping,’ or landscaping for your pet, accomplishes this and is used to accommodate your pets outdoors and is used widely to help pet owners responsibly landscape their grounds for their pets. There are a few features you should consider when planning your new landscaping: by including these, you can ensure that you will have a happy pet and the landscaping you want.

Four Features to Improve Your Pet’s Life

  1. Fencing: Gives your pet freedom to run in a limited amount of space, which allows you to leave your pet outside and not have to worry about them wondering off. Not only is fencing good for your pets, but it also provides much needed privacy for your backyard.
  2. Shade: For those warm days that your dog is outside, shade can be accomplished easily by planting trees and bushes. You can also create a house or hut for them to cool off in.
  3. Water Supply: With your pet running around outside, they will want to take a water break. Having a self-supplying water supply is ideal. Saving you the trouble of having to go and refill the water dish from time to time.
  4. Sandbox: Since most dogs like to dig, giving them a place to do so helps to avoid the digging up of your grass and plants. A sandbox provides more fun for your dog and gives you another way to entertain them. Make sure to add bones and other treats for your dog to find to maintain interest.

Choosing Plants and Using Fertilizers

Now that you have an idea on what you should add to your landscaping, it is time to select what types of plants you want in your yard. When choosing plants, keep in mind that some common plants are harmful to pets, so know what to avoid.

Protecting Plants

If you want to have a garden to grow your own organic vegetables, you have to protect that garden from your pet. To prevent your pet from eating your vegetables, you can use a variety of methods. Examples include:

  • Small fencing around your garden
  • A patch of rocks around your garden bed
  • Thorny plants to deter your pet

Pet Friendly Fertilizers

Finally, if you plan on using fertilizer or other herbicides, make sure they are pet-friendly. Similar to plants, having non pet-friendly fertilizer can be poisonous to pets. The best type fertilizer to use in your garden would be organic. Learn more about pet friendly lawn care in our blog, Chemical-Free Yard Care.

Make Your Yard Pet-Friendly

Redoing a yard can be tough. But it is even tougher when you have a pet because of all the considerations that have to be taken into account. However, when the landscaping is finished, you will have a yard for both you and your pet to enjoy every day.

Greener Horizon we will help you achieve this. With our wonderful design team, we will make your landscaping design a reality, and we will help make your yard pet-friendly. Contact us for a consultation today.