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How to Make Your Garden More Dog Friendly

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dog friendly gardenHave you ever wondered how to make your garden more dog friendly? Chances are, if you have pets and you have a garden, you have experienced at least one incident where the two simply did not make a good combination. Sometimes your dog might decide to run through your garden, trampling or digging up everything that you have worked so hard to plant. At other times, you feel as though you are taking something away from your dog because a yard that is already cramped will have even less space for them to roam once you use a portion of it to grow a garden. The question is, how do you get the two of them to coexist peacefully without being frustrated every day or feeling like you are doing a disservice to your beloved pet?

Mow Your Lawn

You might be surprised at the simplicity of some of the answers. First and foremost, one of the best things that you can do is keep your yard mowed. More often than not, dogs far prefer to run through a well-groomed and manicured yard than they do a garden. You simply have to give them the opportunity to do it. By keeping your yard carefully mowed, you are essentially giving your best friend a place to run that allows them to feel like it is their own personal space. That gives you the opportunity to enjoy your garden without your dog trying to take over that space as well.

Set Boundaries

Of course, there are some other things that you can do to make your garden more dog friendly. You can always put up borders with fencing or even some natural stones. This serves as a signal to your dog that it is not their area. The point is, you want to have a yard that looks great and that is functional. By ensuring that you have enough space for both a garden and for your dog, you are doing exactly that. Furthermore, you already know how important it is that you keep your yard carefully manicured, especially if you have pets. That is the best way to avoid problems with ticks and other pests that you simply don’t want around your dog. It also gives you the opportunity to tend your garden with less effort. Keeping the rest of your yard in check means there isn’t as much of a chance that something will try to infiltrate your garden and take over.

Here’s a tip: If you want to be able to easily mow around the borders of your flower beds, purchase a zero turn mower. These types of mowers make maneuvering around fences a lot easier.


It is true that having a garden requires some time and effort, just like owning a pet. However, the rewards of both of these things far exceed any time or effort that you will have to sacrifice on your behalf in order to make them a reality. If you have always believed that it simply isn’t possible to have both a pet and a garden, give these tips a try. You just might be surprised how easy it is to have both. Who knows, once you figure out how easy it is to enjoy your pet and have a great garden, you might even decide that it is time to grow an even bigger one next year. Chances are, your best friend will be right there by your side while you are planting and cultivating it.

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