Whether you’re bringing a new pet to your home or just feel like it’s time to do make some general changes for your current pet, there are always ways that you can make your yard more accommodating for them. This is not only for their benefit but also for your plants and landscaping as well – resulting in less maintenance and less stress for you. This list of tips will hopefully help you to transform your yard into a more pet-friendly zone, allowing them to freely enjoy your Melbourne concrete driveway and garden.
1. Buy big plants
At the end of the day, you can’t predict what your pets will do. Dogs especially have a tendency to dig in gardens and attack most things and your plants are no exception. By purchasing larger plants you’re minimising the chance of your animal successfully destroying them. This could mean they have a large base and the stems and leaves stay high up out of reach or it could simply be a dense plant that is harder to claw or chew through.
2. Fence off the flowerbed
If you’re not sold on big plants and still want to keep your smaller ones – or you’re more worried about your pet digging up the soil around the plant, then why not consider fencing off the flower bed. Not only is this a great deterrent for your pets but it can also look incredibly stylish – and with so many different styles and colours out there, you’ll be able to give your flowerbed a unique look. This may not work if you have a larger dog or a cat, but for the smaller dogs, it will work like a charm. Make sure that the base of the fence is secured under the soil, so the dogs do not attempt to dig underneath it.
This one applies more so to dogs than cats, but having a pathway is a fantastic idea as dogs love to stick to paths as humans do. This can make them feel more at ease if they have a set path to follow, especially when they see their human using the paths constantly. It’s also nice to split up your garden with some concrete. This can be a separate path to your Melbourne concrete driveway or one that leads off from it.
4. Grass patches
As nice as concrete is, it is essential that there is some area with grass so your pet can do their business when they need to. How large this patch will be is up to you, but pets usually feel more comfortable going to the toilet on grass as opposed to concrete. If it’s a new puppy you’ve brought home, then these patches can be a great help when it comes to toilet training them as well.
5. Home away from home
If you have an outdoor pet, then they’ll need a little home themselves. This can be a dog/cat kennel or a shaded area with a bed and shelter. There are endless possibilities on what you can do but it’s important to remember that they’ll need shelter when it rains and shade when it’s sunny. Make sure they have a water bowl that is filled up and are comfortable. Even if your pet is an indoor one it’s still a good idea to give them their own little outside haven for when they are outside.
6. Use fewer chemicals
You may use garden chemicals on your plants to help kill unwanted weeds and maintain your garden but the last thing you want is your pet becoming too curious. It’s best to cut down on garden chemicals or at the very least be hyper-aware of when you’re using them and wait an appropriate amount of time before letting your pet outside to reduce risk.
7. Poisonous plants
When evaluating your garden, you should check to see if any of the plants you have are hazardous towards your pet as some of them can have some very serious effects on them. Here is a list of plants that are hazardous to dogs and cats.
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