There is nothing better than owning a home with a wonderful backyard that you can fill with all kinds of greenery to create your own piece of heaven. Okay, there is one more thing that will make it just perfect and that is creating an oasis for your lovely pets to enjoy the warm spring weather and play as much as they want. So, here are some tips on how to prepare your garden for the upcoming season and create a pet-safe backyard.
Avoid toxic greenery
The most important thing is to think ahead before planting various kinds of greenery because some of the loveliest plants might be toxic to your pets. For example, if you want to grow shrubs such as oleander, rhododendron or hydrangea that all look wonderful in the blooming season, you should make sure to separate them with a fence or plant them somewhere unreachable and make them off limits for your pets since they have a bad impact on animal’s health.
Add variety to inspire playfulness
Play with different textures, various types of non-toxic plants, sandy areas, wood chippings spots, gravel paths, odd looking branches in corners (great to explore and look decorative) to provide extra sensory stimulation for your pets. If you are an animal-lover, you will most definitely enjoy your pet’s satisfaction while discovering all those spots in your garden that you made yourself. You can also create versatility by simply adding small benches or railways sleepers where your furry friends can play.
Be one step ahead of your pet
Put up a stable fence if your dog is a bit curious and likes to wander around the neighborhood. Make sure to put a visible sign on the backyard gate and notify family members and guests to always check if the gate is closed. Block the unsafe areas of your garden to prevent your pets from harming themselves or clean out the potentially problematic areas. Put away all the gardening equipment and hand tools in your shed or store them somewhere out of reach to make sure they are untouchable because pets tend to play with the most ordinary items even more than they do with their toys.
Use organic and natural ingredients as a pest control treatments
Avoid using pesticides to treat your plants since they can harm your lovely furballs. Especially if you have cats because they like to nibble grass to get rid of the hair they swallow during grooming and they might get in contact with the poisonous chemicals. There are many organic replacements that can be used as a pest control treatment that you can DIY with the ingredients you have in your home such as garlic and nettle solution that is toxic for rose pests and still natural and eco-friendly. If you want to keep your stubborn pet away from a certain part of the garden you can use spices to sprinkle the soil since most animals detest certain strong scents. For example, dogs hate the smell of the crushed dried pepper and it will send them in the opposite direction, away from your precious plants.
Create a pet-corner
Create a quiet retreat just for your pet to enjoy. You can choose a corner in your garden, preferably in the shade of a tree where you can place a charming doghouse where your pets will feel safe and that can be used at their leisure. If you are handy you can make a toy box that matches the doghouse to put away the toys after the playtime finishes.
Teach and train your pets how to behave in the garden
If your dog or cat (okay, the cats usually sleep somewhere in the shade but they can also be a bit energetic sometimes) likes to dig holes in the soft soil, create a small spot where they can do it freely and show off their digging talent. Spend time teaching them to use the exact spot and praise them for using it. Try not to leave your pets unattended in the garden because many things can happen when you’re not looking. Instead, spend quality time training and exercising with them. It will have an impact on your health as well.
Don’t forget the vet
Make sure not to skip flea, tick and worming treatments and put a reminder to see a vet! It is a crucial thing to do if dogs or cats are spending a lot of time outside in nature. And of course, keep the garden clean and promptly dispose dog poop from the grass areas to avoid the risk of stepping into one.
These tips will help you create a perfect oasis for your pet and your family as well. You will enjoy the sunny weather playing in your own paradise and enjoying fresh air altogether with your lovely pets. All you need to do is plan ahead and now is the perfect time to start the preparations so that you create a perfectly magical playground garden.