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How to Create a Dog-Friendly Garden

Sabrina Ortiz

By Amber Kingsley

Before you pick up your adopted rescue dog and introduce it to its forever home, you should ensure that your garden and backyard area are dog-friendly. The amount of activity your dog needs to be healthy and happy will depend on factors such as its age and its breed. But make no mistake -- all dogs need some time outdoors to romp around and play, so it will make things easier for you and your adopted pet if you consider its needs when designing a garden.

What follows are some recommendations for creating a dog-friendly garden that you and your pet can enjoy for years to come.



Ground Cover

There are many suitable plant varieties that your dog will enjoy. One classification of plants that you should have in your dog-friendly garden is the ground cover variety. These types of plants, such as elfin thyme, Irish moss, and snow in summer, will provide the durable ground cover that will stand up to your dog's running, turning, and rolling. Ground cover plants will also benefit you by providing a layer that naturally chokes out weeds, so you'll be able to spend more time playing with your pet and lounging on the back deck than in the garden pulling weeds.


Plant the Right Grass

Planting the right kind of grass is important. Dog's can damage a lawn with their digging and running as well as with their peeing and pooing. So, what sort of grass should you use? Kentucky Bluegrass is deemed to be a good choice. One of the good things about it is that it spreads to fill in areas that have been damaged by things like urine. Kentucky Bluegrass, as a drought-resistant variety of grass, is also tolerant of low moisture. This will allow you to conserve on water use while maintaining a garden that can hold up to your dog's various activities.



Red-twig dogwood, lilac, and smoke tree are just some of the shrubs that would be a good addition to your dog-friendly garden. Shrubs won't only make your garden look great, but also will be able to withstand substantial foot, or paw, traffic.


Flowers that Repel Fleas & Ticks

What's a garden without some beautiful flowers? When it comes to your pet, however, there are some flowers that will do more than look pretty. In fact, there are flowers of various types that will actually help to keep ticks and fleas away naturally. Here are some examples:

●       Chamomile: This type of yellow-and-white flower looks great, can be used to make herbal tea, and can keep fleas and ticks at bay. So it's the perfect addition to your dog-friendly garden.

●       Lavender: This plant has a nice fragrant smell and looks great. Like camomile, it will repel fleas and ticks as well as mosquitoes and moths, so that your garden is a safe space for your dog.

●       Rosemary: Rosemary is a great addition to a pet-friendly garden. It not only will fend off ticks and fleas, but also will repel flies and mosquitoes. As you know, the plant will also make a great herb when the time comes to season anything from beef to lamb.


With the right strategy and the determination to follow through, you can have a dog-friendly garden and lawn for you and your four-legged bundle of love to enjoy.