Do you ever wish you had a professionally landscaped yard, yet you don’t bother attempting it because you’re afraid your dog will only destroy your investment? You aren’t alone. This is a common concern with dog owners, but luckily there are ways we can give you that beautiful yard of your dreams. When we incorporate these pet-friendly elements into your landscaping, you can upgrade that plain yard without worries of wasting your time and money:
Incorporate a lot of hardscape. Dogs love to dig holes in the lawn, and this can be aggravating as well as unsightly. If you use hardscape in your landscaping, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that is virtually indestructible to Fido. Patios and walls are very low-maintenance, and provide a great area for entertaining guests. Best of all, dogs can’t dig through concrete or rock.
Install a fence in part of your yard. Whether it’s an traditional fence or the electric collar variety, confining your dog to one area of the yard means you can use the rest of it as you please. This is one of the simplest ways to free up part of your yard for a vegetable or flower garden, without worries that your dog will dig up your plants and ruin them. Putting in a specialty drain pipe and gravel can create a “doggy potty” area that’s inexpensive and easy to hose off.
Choose plants carefully. If you do allow your dog free reign in the yard, remember that he may be tempted to dig up plants and chew on them. Be sure to choose non-poisonous plants. Hiring a landscaper that has extensive plant knowledge is critical in this area!
Create clear borders. If you’d rather train your dog to respect your landscaping, create clear borders with rocks, driftwood, and other attractive materials. Walk around the yard with your dog and teach him that plants within those boundaries are off limits. This may take some time, but many dogs catch on to the idea and become very trustworthy when left alone in the yard.
Use artificial grass. Dog owners often despair at the sight of their blotchy, uneven lawns riddled with holes. If you love the idea of a perfect green lawn, maybe artificial grass is the way to go. It’s low maintenance, very durable, and water resistant.
For an attractive yet sturdy, pet friendly landscape, call us to set up an appointment with a member of our design team!