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How to Protect Your Garden from Your Curious Pet

By AmberKingsley. | Dog Info Dog Health

Do you have a green thumb and a curious furry friend? Protecting your garden from your four legged family members can present a challenge. After all, your horticultural hobby is encroaching on their turf.

How to Protect Your Garden from Your Curious Pet It's outside where they should be allowed to roam free. The outdoors is a pet's domain above all. Your garden and your pets can coexist in peace and harmony if you take precautions to protect the treasured area. This is a case where you want to establish firm, non-negotiable boundaries; for everyone's benefit. Beyond the obvious reason - pets destroying your plant life - there are several reasons you should ensure that your plants and pets enjoy a safe distance. There are several common plants can actually be toxic for cats and dogs. You may not know that lilies, tulips, or daffodils can harm your pets. One quarter of all pets poisoned come into contact with the toxin from via plants. Additionally, the fertilizer may not be pet-friendly. Manure, compost, and seaweed fertilizers are often safe for pets. Using fish meal, cocoa bean mulch, or bone and blood based fertilizers can lead to unintended consequences. It's always best to check with the manufacturer to ensure you aren't unintentionally exposing pets to harmful substances. Now that we know why plants and pets should stay on their side of the backyard, achieving that reality generally happens with the standard chicken wire fence. You're familiar with this approach, but why stop there.

1. Create a Pet Area

Using furniture or a sandbox play area can encourage your pet enjoy life away from your garden. If they have fun in their personal play area, they are less likely to disrupt your efforts to nurture a green thumb.

2. Spice Up Your Garden

Dogs don't like spicy flavors. Line your garden with a mixture of powdered mustard and crushed dried peppers.

3. Mimic a Ferocious Predator

Solar Bright Eyes is a unique solution that mimics the red eyes of a ferocious predator. You can add them to your garden and they light up at night to scare away your pets, random critters, or other neighborhood furry friends.

4. Add Little Pokers

Line your garden with sharp twigs to deter persistent diggers. Dogs don't like to get poked and the sharp twigs provide a memorable reminder to your four-legged companions that your garden is off limits.

How to Protect Your Garden from Your Curious Pet5. Throw in the Stones

Cats prefer smooth sandy surfaces, so adding stones to your garden will repel the feline pets and keep them in their proper place.

6. Use Surprise Showers

Motion-sensing sprinklers can drive home the point quickly that the garden is off limits. Device will supply a short burst of sound and water to scare away unwanted visitors. Just know, these tools won't differentiate between humans and animals. Maintaining a world class garden while keeping your pets safe and away from your prized endeavor may seem like a losing battle; especially with more stubborn and rambunctious pets.  Keeping a few simple strategies in mind will help you pet-proof your garden and create an ecosystem that exists in harmony in and around your home. Protect Your Garden and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

Amber KingsleyAmber Kingsley

Amber Kingsley is a freelance writer whom has donated countless hours supporting her local shelters. With writing, she has spent most of her research on animals with regards to food, health and training.


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