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Top tips for keeping your garden pet friendly!
If you have a pet then you will know just how important it is to keep your home as safe as possible. There are various ways a pet, especially a young one, could injure themselves on various hazards around the home. But what most dog and cat owners don’t realize is that there are also numerous risks facing their pets in their garden as well.
Trust me our dogs Yoda and Casper are little rascals at times and keeping our garden safe and secure for them is super important to me.
If you already have a cat or a dog, you should hopefully have ensured that your garden is completely pet-friendly. If you haven’t done so yet, it’s something that you should do as soon as you can or else your pet might be put in danger.
If you are planning on bringing a new pet home, then you will need to do it before you let them outside for the first time.
Here are a few things that you can do to ensure that your garden is as pet-friendly as possible.
Replace The Lawn With Artificial Grass
One of the first things that many pet owners do is replace their natural lawn with artificial grass. There are now many popular companies, such as www.newlawn.co.uk, that now offer pet-friendly artificial grass.
The main reason why homeowners decide to do this is that there is no risk of their new dog or cat digging up their lawn and making a huge mess of the garden.
Not only that, though, but there is no chance of any weeds growing in an artificial lawn, some of which can be toxic to animals.
Secure All The Boundaries
You should also make sure that the boundaries of your garden are completely secure. This is especially important if you have a dog, especially a small one.
They will be able to wiggle out of even the smallest gap or hole in a fence or hedge, and then you might have trouble trying to find them.
If you do notice any gaps or holes in a fence then call a company like www.brunswickfencing.co.uk that can come and fix the issues for you. It might even be worth replacing any hedges with a more secure fence or wall.
Remove All Toxic Plants
Did you know that some common garden plants can be very dangerous for pets as they are toxic? Sadly, it’s true, and you will have to ensure that any toxic plants and flowers are removed completely from the garden.
If you aren’t sure about the exact kinds of plants that are currently in your garden, you might be better off hiring a gardener who can identify them all for you.
Thankfully, there are plenty of non-toxic plants that you will be able to replace them all with.
Cover Any Vegetable Patches
Most vegetables that you will be growing in any veg patches shouldn’t be particularly harmful to your pets, but it’s still a good idea to cover them.
Otherwise, your pet might get in amongst them and start digging things up. Not only will a physical cover protect them from your pets, but it will also protect the veggies from pests as well.
Your local garden center should have some great types of covers available to buy.
Try To Control Pests
It’s also a good idea to try to prevent snails and slugs making a home in your garden as well as these can be poisonous to dogs if eaten. Try not to use poisons, though, as these will also be harmful to pets.
Instead, you should use some natural deterrents or make some homemade traps to keep these creepy crawlies at bay.
Once you start controlling the slug and snail populations in your garden, you will also find that your flowers, plants, and vegetables start to flourish as there will be fewer pests nibbling away at them.
Don’t Use Chemical Fertilizers
It’s also important that you stop using any chemical fertilizers on your plants and vegetables. These will also be toxic to pets and could cause your cat or dog to get very ill if they eat anything that has traces of the chemical on.
If you take a look online, you will find that there are a lot of different homemade fertilizers that you can use on your garden that are a lot safer for pets.
Hopefully, you now know exactly what you need to do to make your garden a much safer place for your pets. Once you do, you and all your four-legged friends will certainly enjoy being outside a lot more!