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Things to consider when creating a pet-friendly garden
Your garden should be a secure space where they can freely explore, without having to worry about their welfare.
If you are thinking about re-designing your garden but are unsure what needs to be taken into consideration to keep it pet-friendly, you may like to keep the below pointers in mind.
1. Pet-friendly paths
One of the most important aspects when re-constructing your garden is the choice of material for pathways and borders. Landscaping materials such as limestone, sandstone or slate paving would be the most suitable options for pets as they’re smooth, sturdy and flat underfoot. Sharp stones and gravel, on the other hand, can be swallowed or become stuck in between their paws.
2. Prevent your pet from getting lost
When you let your pet out into the garden to explore and stretch their legs, you want the peace of mind that they’ll be safe from predators and they won’t be able to escape through gaps and cracks.
Check fences and bushes thoroughly for any holes which are large enough to squirm through, and make sure barriers are tall enough to stop them from jumping free. Repair any broken panels and place mesh fencing behind bushes for extra security.
3. Shady spots for hot days
Animals love to spend time outdoors, especially when it’s warm and sunny. However, particularly hot days can put them in danger. It’s not unusual for pets to become overheated, which can then lead to heat stroke and dehydration.
With this in mind, it would be wise to plant large trees such as hybrid poplar, weeping willow and river birch in different sections of the garden to provide an adequate amount of shade during hot spells.
4. Natural pest control
As a gardening enthusiast, it’s a given that you’ll wish to protect your plants and shrubs from pests. The easiest way to do so is with chemical pest control products – but these pellets can be detrimental to the health of your pets and if swallowed, can even lead to death. Instead, it would be much more sensible to use natural pesticides that won’t affect your pet’s health and wellbeing. Common natural pest control methods include:
• Sprinkling crushed eggshells on your flora to prevent slugs and snails crawling over your plants
• Adding hollowed fruit to your setup to trap bugs and insects
• Implementing humane traps that don’t cause pain (should your pet step on them)
5. Avoid poisonous plants
Many plants can pose a risk to your pets which you may not even know about. Although they are an attractive element to your garden, they can be extremely poisonous. Some of the most dangerous flowers to make a note of include foxgloves, ivy, lupins, wisteria and hyacinths. Here is a full list of hazardous plants to keep in mind when padding out your flowerbeds.