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Dog-friendly gardening

If you're a dog owner, you know how much your furry friend loves spending time outside, especially in the garden. However, gardening with a dog can be a challenge. You want to create a beautiful outdoor space, but you also need to ensure it's safe for your pet. Here are some tips and tricks for creating a dog-friendly garden.

Choose pet-friendly plants

When selecting plants for your garden, make sure they are safe for your dog. Some common plants can be toxic to dogs, such as lilies, azaleas, and daffodils. You can find a list of pet-friendly plants online, or ask your local garden center for advice. Some good options include marigolds, sunflowers, and snapdragons.

Create a designated play area

Dogs love to run and play, so consider creating a designated play area in your garden. This could be a fenced-off section of the garden or a separate enclosed space. Add some toys and agility equipment, such as tunnels and jumps, to keep your dog entertained.

Install a dog-friendly water feature

Dogs love to play in water, so consider installing a dog-friendly water feature in your garden. This could be a small pond, a fountain, or even a sprinkler system. Make sure the water is clean and safe for your dog to drink.

Use natural pest control methods

Dogs love to sniff and explore, so you don't want to use harsh chemicals in your garden. Instead, opt for natural pest control methods, such as companion planting, using neem oil, or attracting beneficial insects like ladybugs.

Create shade and shelter

Dogs need shade and shelter, especially on hot days. Create some shady spots in your garden by planting trees or adding a pergola. You could also add a dog house or shelter where your pet can rest and stay cool.

Secure your garden

Make sure your garden is secure, so your dog can't escape. Check for any gaps in the fence or hedges, and make sure gates are securely locked. You could also add a dog-proof barrier around any areas of the garden that you want to keep off-limits to your pet.

Creating a dog-friendly garden is all about balancing safety and fun. By following these tips and tricks, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that both you and your furry friend will love. Need more advise? Rushfield's is here to help!

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