You have to take many factors into consideration when landscaping your garden: the climate, the plant variety, access to water, and more. But have you stopped to consider one of the most unpredictable elements: your pet? Pets bring endless amounts of joy to our lives, but they can also wreak equal amounts of havoc on your garden if you don’t plan carefully. Luckily, Evergreen Gene’s has a few tips to offer when it comes to creating a garden that will be pet-friendly.
If your dog will chew on any table leg that look appetizing enough, imagine what he’ll do to your edible plants if given the opportunity! That’s why it is important to know what plant varieties are toxic to animals before choosing what to put in your garden. Aloe plants, lilies, dahlias, and many water plants are a few of the varieties that are harmful if ingested by animals. If you still want these planted in your garden, consider fencing them off or only allowing your pet into a separate, fenced-in area of the lawn.
Be careful of other kinds of harm plants can do. Anything with thorns or burrs that can get caught in your pet’s coat should be removed, not just for ease of grooming but also for their own safety. Cuts caused by thorns can easily get infected if left unattended.
To discourage digging around your precious flowers, think of installing stones and rocks instead of regular garden soil or mulch. Dogs with a mind to dig will not be able to with a stone barrier, and so your garden plants will be kept safe from upheaval.
Have more questions about establishing a pet-friendly garden? Get in touch with Evergreen Gene’s today.
In 1954, Evergreen Gene’s opened its doors in Glen Burnie, MD. The store functioned as a garden center that offered landscaping, lawn maintenance and hardscaping services. When you walk into our store, the selection of trees, flowers and other shrubbery will amaze you. Our inventory has anything that a horticulturist like yourself could possibly want.
Evergreen Gene’s is conveniently located at 401 Crain Highway South, Glen Burnie, and is open during regular business hours. We are always happy to speak with our customers, so do not hesitate to give us a call at 410-766-6877.