How to create a pet friendly garden

If you’ve just bought a new furry friend home, or if you’ve recently moved house, you might be wondering how to create a pet friendly garden. 

Well don’t worry because we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll share some simple tips and tricks to make your garden more pet friendly (and keep your plants and flowers looking good too!). 

Ensure your pet can’t escape your yard

Hey we get it, pets – cats and dogs in particular, like to explore their surroundings and neighbourhood. Just ask my puppy Bob, who manages to score multiple meals each week from my neighbours. 

The problem is, if your pets can get out of your garden, they’re at higher risk of being run over on the street. Lovable as your pets may be, they may also pose a threat to native wildlife too. That’s why it’s important to keep your pets secured in one place, especially while you’re out at work. 

So how do you create a pet friendly garden and stop ol’ Rover from getting loose from the garden everyday? If you don’t have one yet, install a gate on the side of your house to prevent your pets from escaping. When it comes to the more agile companions in your home (like cats), it’s best to keep them indoors. 

Choose your plants and fertilisers wisely 

There are certain plants and flowers that become poisonous when animals ingest them, so if your pup likes to eat plants, make sure you don’t have anything toxic growing in your garden. Toxic plants can include lilies, daffodils, tulips and amaryllis – which definitely don’t make for a pet friendly garden. There are more of course, so make sure you do your own research. 

The same goes for fertilisers, there are toxic fertilisers and non-toxic fertilisers. Non-toxic fertilisers include things like manure, compost, and seaweed. On the other hand, toxic fertilisers include things like fish meal, bone and blood meal, and cocoa bean mulch. 

Choose pet friendly outdoor furniture

Let’s face it, dogs and cats like to scratch on things (whether intentionally or not). They also tend to leave hair everywhere. So when you’re choosing furniture for your pet friendly garden, be sure to take into account the types of fabrics and materials the furniture is made from. 

Make sure you pick pieces that are easy to clean, durable, and can withstand a little extra love from your pooch or cat. 

Pick up the land mines  

Cats generally bury their own poop, which is very considerate of them. Dogs on the other hand, not so much. Make sure you remove pet poop quickly, as leaving it to sit and bake can damage your turf. Or better yet, invest in a mat for your pets to do their business on. 

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