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Turning Your Backyard into a Pet-Friendly Oasis

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Are you a homeowner looking to make the most of your lawn? Does having a pet mean that transformation projects seem daunting? Don’t worry – with just a few changes, your backyard can turn into an inviting outdoor oasis where both you and your furry friend will be able to enjoy time in the great outdoors. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing how to assess the needs of both yourself and your pet before turning your backyard dreams into reality. So let's get started on creating a space where everyone can relax and spend quality time together!

Choose Pet-Friendly Plants

Transform your backyard into a pet-friendly haven by carefully selecting the right plants and flowers for their health. Not all plants are safe for pets to be around, so it's important to choose those that won't pose any risks.

Plants like roses, lilies, and irises may add aesthetic appeal to your garden, but they can be toxic to curious pets who dig them up and nibble on them. Instead, opt for pet-friendly plants such as marigolds, sunflowers, and zinnias which are not only safe but beautiful. Plus, these plants will attract helpful pollinators that will keep your garden thriving.


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Keeping Your Vegetable Garden Safe from Pets

Consider installing a sturdy fence around your garden, and dug down into the Earth. This physical barrier can deter pets, particularly dogs, from trampling or digging up your vegetable plants. Using smell deterrents, like citrus peels or coffee grounds, which pets generally find off-putting, can also discourage them from venturing into your vegetable beds.

Have a small dog? Raised planter beds might be all you need to keep them from digging or sampling growing veggies. And, bonus, raised beds can be easier for you to access as they eliminate the need to bend over while clearing weeds or harvesting ripe plants.

Designate Areas Solely for Your Pets

Another way to keep pets out of the garden is to create a separate play area for your pets, far from your garden, equipped with their favorite toys to keep them entertained. This will help train your pets to understand what area of the yard is off-limits.

Even if you don’t have a garden, our furry friends deserve a safe and comfortable space to enjoy the great outdoors just as much as we do. A dog house, for example, not only provides shelter from the elements but also a cozy place for your pup to rest and relax when outdoors with you or by themselves.

A fenced-in area or kennel run can keep them securely in one area while also allowing them to run and play freely. Not to mention, it gives you peace of mind knowing your furry friend is safe while enjoying fresh air and sunshine.

Be sure you always provide access to fresh water and a dry area for your pet to hang out that offers plenty of shade.

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Prevent Digging and Damage with Pet-Resistant Materials

There's nothing quite like watching your pup run and play in the great outdoors. But sometimes, their enthusiasm can do a number on your yard. Digging, scratching, and general wear and tear from your furry friend can leave your lawn looking less than lush.

By installing options like artificial grass or pavers, you can create designated play areas for your pet that won't get destroyed in the process. Not sure how to create a cohesive yard that caters to both pets and people? This is just one of many reasons why professional landscaping services are worth it.

Cottonwood Landscapes specializes in creating beautiful outdoor areas that work hard for your family. They can help brainstorm solutions for utilizing your yard to the best of its ability to increase how useful and inviting it is.

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Pet-Friendly Outdoor Furniture and Toys

To protect outdoor furniture, invest in pet-resistant fabrics such as those from Sunbrella. Microfiber, synthetic fabrics are durable in all kinds of weather and can withstand use with pets as well.

It's important to find toys that are designed specifically for outdoor use and can withstand the elements. From frisbees and tennis balls to ropes and chew toys, there are plenty of options to keep your pet happy and occupied. However, it's also important to consider the safety of your outdoor environment. Make sure any human toys, furniture, and fixtures are securely fastened and don't pose a risk to your pet. With a little bit of preparation and consideration, you can create a fun and safe outdoor space for both you and your pet.

Create a Potty Training Area

Potty training a new pet can be a challenge. Creating a designated outdoor area for pet potty training can make the process easier for you and them. This area can be as simple as a small patch of grass or a specific area of your property. By bringing your pet to this area consistently, they will learn that this is where they go to relieve themselves. Plus, it will ensure that when human guests or family members are enjoying the yard, they know what areas to avoid to keep their playtime clean and sanitary.

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Tips for Keeping Grass Green When You Have Pets

Many of us know the struggle of batting brown spots thanks to our pets. But, there are ways you can keep the grass green when you have dogs.

  • Soak pets’ bathroom spots with water
  • Aerate the lawn annually
  • Fertilize the lawn in spring and fall
  • Hire professional lawn care services to treat damaged areas

Lawngevity has more tips to keep your lawn in its best condition year-round. Find their advice and services here.

Supervise Outdoor Time for Pets

Whether it's your new puppy or a curious kitten in a catio, keeping an eye on them will not only ensure their safety but also prevent damage to your garden or outdoor furniture. You never know what mischievous shenanigans they might get up to, so installing cameras outdoors can help you keep an eye on them at all times, even when you’re not home.

Did you know there are also services through which you can hire pet sitters or walkers? If you can’t be home and don’t want to rely on cameras to help you supervise your pet, look into services like Rover to find someone you can trust to check in on your furry friends throughout the day.

Also, there are services that bring grooming to you so your pet can enjoy a bath, a trim, or nail clipping in the comfort of your own neighborhood. Furry Land mobile grooming makes it easy to get your pet the grooming they need to ensure the backyard gets washed off of them every once in a while.

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Offer a Place For Cooling Off

Four-legged family members deserve to be able to cool off in the yard just like your human family members. A pet-friendly pond could be just the thing to keep both you and your furry pal comfortable during the hottest months. Or, a zero-entry pool can provide convenient access for pets and young swimmers alike.

Have you considered a splash pad, whether temporary or permanent for your yard? Myriad options can just be hooked up to a hose or you can design and install something more permanent as part of your patio.

Adding a pet-friendly water feature to your backyard is not only a practical way to beat the heat, but it's also a beautiful and refreshing addition to your outdoor space