Dogs are loyal creatures that provide support, companionship, and endless hours of fun. Caring for your furry family members isn’t always intuitive — like children, they often find creative ways to make messes and get into trouble — but taking care of a dog is one of the great joys in life. If you’ve got a nice, big yard for your furry friend, there are a few things you can do to keep outdoor playtime safe and fun. Visit your local landscape supply store to pick up everything you need and follow these dog-friendly landscaping tips.
Keep Hazardous Plants Out
While taking a big bite out of ornamental plants may not be your first instinct, some dogs simply can’t help nibbling on their surroundings. Unfortunately, many plants that are common in landscaping are actually toxic to dogs and cats. Both native and introduced species can cause adverse reactions when touched or ingested. Responsible dog owners should vet any plants — both new additions and existing features — particularly if their companions have a penchant for eating, digging up, or playing with plants.
Visit Your Landscape Supply Store for Helpful Hardscape Elements
While a big grassy field can provide hours of fun for your dog, there are a few ways that homeowners can create enriching, beautiful landscapes that facilitate play. Walkways or paths can give some structure to your pup’s walkabouts, and a nice covered patio provides a shady place to rest. A stone water feature or pond can bring a whole new dimension to puppy playtime and your landscape design, too! Just make sure to supervise your companion in deep water.
Provide for Fido’s Every Need
One of the most challenging aspects of pet parenthood is the fact that dogs can’t tell us what they need or want. Be proactive about your dog’s needs by always keeping fresh water around to quench their thirst. Shade from trees, awnings, and shrubs can also help. Of course, one of the most basic needs for any pet-focused yard is a secure perimeter fence. Make sure your property has a protective barrier that can keep your pets secure while keeping unwanted guests at bay.
Select Materials Carefully at the Supply Store
Toxic plants and sunstroke aren’t the only dangers for your dog. When selecting materials at your landscape supply store, consider any potential drawbacks or hazards. While most mulches are pet-friendly, some brands can be harmful if ingested. Stone mulch is a popular alternative. You should also think about heat retention and texture — some materials like asphalt can retain heat and burn paws and bellies, and sharp stones can cause sore paws.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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