Before you become proud dog owners, consider what landscaping needs to be done to your garden to make it dog friendly. This article discusses landscaping ideas dog owners can implement so that your dog enjoys the garden space as much as you do.
If you don’t have a dog, and have spent some considerable time and money on your garden, perhaps engaging professional landscapers to create a stunning landscape design, chances are you will need to consider the following landscaping ideas to your garden so your new dog will feel at home. Conversely, if you are already a dog owner, take these landscaping ideas on board when creating your new garden landscape.
Make Sure There Is Fresh Water Available
Fresh water should be made available for dogs at all times. A stainless steel bowl placed under a slow dripping tap is a good idea if dog owners will be at work all day.
If you have a garden fish pond, make sure that if your dog jumps or falls in the water, they can get out easily. Sloping the sides of deep ponds with rocks may do the trick.
Small fountains or shallow streams of flowing water are ideal.
Limit Your Dogs Movements
There are many types of fences that are dog friendly. When inspecting your existing fence, check that your dog can’t dig underneath. Quality fence installation has a concrete footing the fence is erected on.You can place wire mesh along the bottom of your fence; especially with a puppy to ensure there is no chance of escaping, or Visual Landscape Gardening can make your tubular fence with vertical bars at a space to suit your dog; particularly useful for smaller dog breeds.
If you have aluminium tubular fencing, make sure your dog can’t squeeze through the vertical bars, normally spaced at 90mm.
Shade and Shelter
Many dogs have long hair or fur, causing them to easily overheat on hot days. Part of your landscape design should therefore include a sheltered area, such as a verandah providing shade for your dog.
Verandas Adelaide home owners have built are mostly made of steel such as Colourbond, with wooden verandas the other alternative. Outdoor living areas are part of our lifestyle, with verandas covering outdoor entertaining areas you can enjoy all year round; even when it’s raining.
Many dog owners will keep their dogs outdoors at night, so a kennel kept perhaps under the verandah, that is easy to keep clean with some warm bedding during Winter will be much appreciated by your dog.
Know What’s In Your Garden
Some plants should not be eaten by dogs. If you are not sure what plants are best to plant with dogs around; remember puppies especially are curious chewers, consult landscapers with experience creating dog friendly landscape design.
Dog owners should also be aware of using organic sprays on plants; including pesticides. Snail bates or rat baits are likely to kill your dog!
Paved paths or paving under verandas will provide an easy to keep clean surface for your dog to sit on. Depending on the size of your backyard, creating a path around your garden will be fun for your dog; and you.
Dogs are notorious diggers; especially if they get bored, left alone all day while the owners are at work. Lawn has grubs and beetles that hide just below the surface, providing far too much temptation for many dogs.
Artificial grass Adelaide residents can have laid is dog friendly and comes in 4 different styles; there’s one to match your garden’s theme. Another advantage of having artificial grass laid instead of instant grass is it can be hosed down after your dog has left a ‘treat’ for you to dispose of.
Read about the other advantages of artificial grass, particularly if you’re wanting a low maintenance garden.
Supplies That Are Pet Friendly
Garden beds can be dressed with small river pebbles or large sized bark chips to discourage dogs from digging up your plants. Any landscaping supplies you do put down should not be able to stay on your dog’s coat. Mulches should be dug in well and covered with larger sized river pebbles that are difficult for dogs to walk on and move. Sand may be fun for children to play in but a sand pit will be a breeding ground for bacteria and will once it gets under your dogs fur, will become very itchy.
Add Some Dog Park Elements
If you have ever been to one of the many dog parks across Adelaide, you would have noticed the hills with tubes creating tunnels through them, steps, jumps and ropes creating a fun place for your dog to exercise. Most back gardens are not going to be large enough to cater for everything a dog park has but just one element included in your landscape design will keep your dog happy and fit.
Visual Landscape Gardening have many landscaping ideas for dog owners, creating dog friendly landscape design both you and your dog can enjoy together.