Since recently announcing to the kids that we would be welcoming a new dog into our family, we have been in full nesting mode. Besides making room for a training crate inside, our biggest concern has been the landscaping, patio and backyard. Letting the dog outside to play outside doesn’t necessarily mean that your outdoor living space is pet friendly. Remember to assess the grounds for any potentially harmful or any furniture issues that could cause a problem. With a few minor adjustments, you can keep your new pet out of harms way.
Pet Friendly Patio & Backyard Tips
Remember that a new puppy will want to constantly explore so a full assessment of your backyard and patio area is important. Outdoor planters on rollers could potentially be a hazard. It’s better to remove the rollers until your pet has become familiar with your home and you can monitor his/her behavior. Low level outdoor accessories may also get destroyed so consider removing or raising everything up for now. More importantly, how is your patio umbrella base holding up? Make sure anything heavy that can fall over and hurt your pet is secured properly. And, of course, consider furniture covers for cushioned loungers and sectionals where puppy can reach.
Avoid Using Toxic Chemicals
Despite the type of plant, the biggest danger to our pets are the chemical insecticides that are used on your lawn. If your lawn has been sprayed, you must let the chemicals dry for at least a day before letting your pet on the grass. Better off trying other organic options in the war against gardening pests. Some of the most effective pesticides can be made from common, non-toxic household products. Believe it or not, a simple mixture of laundry detergent and hot pepper spray can be just what you need to keep a number of insects away. Do a little research on what is already planted in your garden to find specific organic solutions.
Fencing Off the Garden
Although they may be delicious additions to your garden, citrus trees (lemons, oranges, etc.) as well as apple, apricot, peach and cherry trees are considered toxic or hazardous to your pet’s health. If you already have these growing in your garden, you can prevent your pet from eating any droppings by surrounding those trees with proper fencing. A short barrier around the base of the tree will collect any loose fruit and keep your pet at bay. Want to plant something new? Banana trees are harmless so, go bananas!
Take a few minutes to stroll in your patio and look for potential problems. Planning for and maintaining a pet friendly patio will make your outdoor living area a happy, safe gathering place for all.
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