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November 7, 2018

Creating a Pet-Safe Landscape and Lawn

dog friendly yard

Pet owners face some unique challenges when it comes to keeping lawns, gardens and landscapes in wonderful condition. From plants that are toxic to dogs to paws that love digging up flowerbeds, creating pet-safe landscapes is tricky without help from the professionals at JFC Grounds Maintenance.

Pick Sturdy Materials

Use sturdy but safe landscaping materials like ornamental grasses. These add gorgeous color to a yard and won’t be as flimsy and delicate as flowers. When choosing materials for pathways and paving, select things that are easy on the paws like splinter-free bark mulch and flagstone. Incorporating some open play spaces into the landscape also ensures that pets will have somewhere to go that won’t damage plantings.

Leave Some Pathways

Dogs want defined places to frolic and run, so create some pathways in your landscape for them to utilize. If your pets already have worn paths into your yard, instead of trying to steer them elsewhere, you should install flagstone or patio pavers to make the paths a more formal fixture in your yard. A 3-foot wide clearance is typically enough for most dogs. If you don’t already have a good place in your yard for a dog run, you can also install stones right along your existing fencing to give your dog plenty of space to exercise.

Know What Plants Are Poisonous

In general, pet owners should avoid:

  • Members of the lily family
  • Bulbs including tulips, narcissus and amaryllis
  • Azalea
  • Oleander
  • Crocus
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Castor bean
  • Cyclamen
  • Kalanchoe
  • Yew
  • Sago palm
  • English ivy
  • Pothos
  • Schefflera
  • Avocado trees
  • Fruit trees whose leaves, fruit, seed or bark contain Persin

Keep Pets Away from Insecticides

When you are utilizing pesticides or certain types of insect bait, you should keep your pets away from the area. Many of the chemicals used can be dangerous or lethal for pets. However, once the treatments do the heavy lifting, it will be safe for your pets again. If you aren’t sure how long you should keep your pets away from the lawn for, ask your pest control or lawn care professional.

Keep Your Landscape Perfect for Pets with JFC Grounds Maintenance

Do you need a little help transforming your lawn and landscape into something that works for your family and your pets? Give JFC Grounds Maintenance a call at (410) 655-2887.