As a dog owner, you likely already know that your backyard isn't just for you, it's for your dog as well. That's why it's important to design a backyard that is safe and enjoyable for your pet. Here are some things you can do to make your backyard more suitable.
Use Safe Materials
It is important to think about the materials you use in your backyard to ensure they are safe for your dog and won't get caught in their paws or coat or harm them in any way. For example, you might want to use cocoa mulch, but keep in mind that it contains some of the same chemicals found in chocolate which can be poisonous to your dog.
Plant Dog-Friendly Plants
Your dog is likely to explore your backyard, in some cases without your supervision. That's why you need to be careful about the types of plants, shrubs and trees you have back there. Iris, foxglove and lily of the valley are just some of the plants that can be toxic for dogs, so avoid those and other plants that may be harmful.
There are a lot of plants you can grow that are good for your dog. For example, lavender and rosemary may help discourage fleas. Blueberry and strawberry plants bear fruit that your dog would be happy to snack on.
You can even consider plants like Japanese spindle trees and Burkman osmanthus that have hardy leaves that will not wilt or be otherwise affected by your dog's urine.
Put In A Sandbox
A great way to keep your dog from digging along the edge of your fence and other undesired places is to create a sandbox. You can keep the sand in place with brick pavers or stones, and that can be a happy place for your dog to dig while you enjoy the rest of your yard freely.
To encourage interest, bury toys and snacks so that your dog is attracted to the area. Over time, they should start digging there and burying objects of their choice.
Now that you know some of the things you can do to spruce up your backyard for your pet, use the tips in this article to create a backyard that works for both you and your dog. Consult with landscapers, like those at Heritage Lawn LLC, to ensure that you take the steps necessary to create a backyard that is enjoyable for you both.