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A Dog-Friendly Garden

dogs eating toxic plantsDogs and yards will sometimes clash. Many dogs like to dig and pee in the yard. Some also eat flowers and/or dig up shrubs. There are a few things you can do that may help reduce your frustration.

  1. If your dog likes to dig, try to create a “digging” zone for him either in the garden or a special spot away from the garden. Maybe you can add treats and bones to the digging zone.
  2. If your dog likes to roll in your flower beds, perhaps shredded mulch is not the best choice as it gets embedded in the fur. Pine chips are an option to keep your dog from dragging the mulch into the house.
  3. For grass areas that get peed on, try to dilute them by spraying water. This may minimize brown spots on the lawn.
  4. Carefully choose plants. If your dog likes to chew on the leaves, then keep rhododendrons, azaleas and oleander out of his reach.
  5. Add a water feature. If you use a bird bath, be sure the water is clean. Your dog is likely to take a drink. The recirculating water from an outdoor fountain is a good option for thirsty dogs.

 

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