Lawn care, landscaping, toxic plants, Pet-Friendly Yard, National Dog DayTomorrow is National Dog Day. What better way to celebrate our furry, four-legged friends than to share tips for a pet-friendly yard?

9 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Yard

Here are nine ways to make your yard a safe and beautiful dog haven. 

Chose Plants Wisely

Choose plants wisely when planning your landscaping. Many popular outdoor plants are poisonous to pets if ingested. Some plants like azaleas, tulip, lilies, and rhododendrons are toxic to dogs and cats. 

For a full list of toxic plants, check out the ASPCA’s toxic plants list

Use Pet-Safe Insecticides

Insecticides can be a danger to your dog. If you must use them, make sure that your dog cannot access the areas you’ve spread chemicals until they’ve dissipated. Also, store them out of reach. 

The most dangerous forms of pesticides include:

  • Snail bait with metaldehyde
  • Systemic insecticides that contain disyston or disulfoton
  • Fly bait with methomyl
  • Mole or gopher bait with zinc phosphide, and most forms of rat poisons

Fertilize and Prevent Weed Safely

Fertilizer and plant food can help keep your yard green but can be very destructive to a pet’s digestive tract. Follow the application instructions carefully and wait for the appropriate amount of time before letting your pet on the treated grass. 

Keep Compost Out of Reach

Food and waste are great for enriching your soil. But some food in composts can create problems for your pets. Coffee, moldy food, certain fruits, and vegetables, are toxic for your pets. 

Chose Safe Mulch

Not all mulch is safe for pets. Some mulch, like cocoa mulch, is problematic for pets. Cocoa mulch is a by-product of chocolate production used in landscaping. Pets love the sweet smell enticing them to eat it and cause a range of symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, elevated heart rate, hyperactivity, and seizures. 

Use safe mulch in your landscaping such as cedar, shredded pine, or hemlock bark.

Put Away Tools

Properly store all garden tools to avoid injury to your pet. Sharp tools can create a danger for tetanus if your pet punctures their skin. They can also sustain an injury to their eyes, paws, or noses from sharp rusty tools left lying around. 

Check Your Fence

A fence is a safety feature for your dog. Make sure it’s in good condition and do any repairs. Also, be sure your gate and locks are working properly. If you use an invisible fence, make sure it’s in proper working condition and that your pet knows the boundaries. 

Reduce Flea and Tick Breeding Grounds

Fleas and tick lie in wait in tall brush and grass. Keeping your lawn well-manicured will help reduce breeding grounds.  

Provide Plenty of Shade & Water

Provide plenty of shaded areas for your outdoor pets in the summer. Other ways to help them keep cool are raised dog beds in shady areas or keep a baby pool with water for them to take a dip in on hot days. Keep them hydrated with an on-demand doggy fountain

Happy National Dog Day! What tips do you have for animal lovers for a pet-friendly yard? Let us know in the comments. 

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