In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to go about making your garden as pet-friendly as possible. From basic functionality and aesthetics to confirming your pet will be safe and healthy within every part of your garden that’s accessible to them, there are several important concepts to consider here.
At Millcreek Gardens, we provide numerous services and resources for gardening clients throughout Utah, from a wide range of plants and plant supplies to fertilizer, tools and much more. What are some other tips we often provide to pet owners who want to make their garden as accessible and friendly as possible to their pets? Here are several.
Avoid Open Compost
Many owners of quality gardens like to compost their own food and yard waste, but if you have pets that spend time in the garden, this can pose a serious health risk. If your pet ingests compost that is not fully broken down, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues.
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to remove your compost entirely; rather, make sure it is in a pet-proof container with a lid that your animal cannot open. This will help avoid any accidents and keep everyone safe and healthy.
Slug, Snail and Other Pest Risk Prevention
While most bugs and insects aren’t much of a concern for dogs and other animals, there are just a few that can pose a serious threat. Slugs and snails, for example, often carry a disease known as rat lungworm, which can cause meningitis in pets that ingest them.
Again, the best solution here is prevention; make sure to keep an eye out for any slugs or snails in your garden and remove them immediately. You can also take measures to prevent them from getting into your garden in the first place, such as keeping the area around your garden free of debris where they might hide.
Choosing Strong, Sturdy Plants
Especially for the dog owners reading this blog, and even more so for those with large breeds who like to chew or eat just about anything, it’s important to choose plants that are strong enough to withstand a little bit of wear and tear. This means avoiding any plants with delicate leaves or stems that could easily be broken off.
Some good options for dog-friendly plants include:
- Hens and chicks
- Lamb’s ear
Of course, this is just a small sample of the many different types of plants that are out there; doing a little bit of research on which ones will work best for your garden and your pet’s needs is always a good idea.
With the right precautions and plant choices, it is entirely possible to create a pet-friendly garden that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Avoiding common hazards and keeping an eye out for potential risks will help you create a safe space for your animal companions to enjoy along with you.
For more on this, or to learn about any of our gardening services or resources, speak to our team at Millcreek Gardens today.