If you’re anything like us, then you love your dog and want to include them in as many of your daily activities as possible. Every dog owner has experienced the joy, frustration, and laughter caused by our four-legged friends who decide to help us complete a task and, in most cases, create even more chaos as a result.
This is especially true when gardening with dogs. From trying to escape, to going on an adventure, to ‘helping’ by digging up or eating your plants, our little furry friends can be quite the handful. By following this guide and taking some small precautions, you and your dog can both enjoy a relaxing time in the garden.
Table of Contents
1. Close your gate
2. Build a fence
3. Provide water
4. Create pathways
5. Barrier plants
6. Container gardening
If you can’t stop your dog from trampling your plants no matter what you try, it may be time to consider container gardening. Most types of plants, be they edible or decorative, can flourish if placed in the right container and your dog won’t be able to get to them. Check out our article “Your Guide to Successful Container Gardening” for more information on how to build a container garden.
7. Avoid dog-toxic plants
Dogs are curious creatures and will explore their surroundings in much the same way as toddlers by trying to put everything in their mouths. In most cases, this doesn’t pose a problem. But there are some plants which are highly poisonous for dogs, so it is best to either remove them completely or plant them in an area of the garden that your dog cannot reach. Plants which can be fatal for dogs include Lily of the Valley, Sweet Pea, Oleander, and Yew, so it is best to just avoid them altogether.
8. Dog wee solutions
Dog urine is very bad for plants because it contains high levels of nitrogen and alkaline salts, which can, in turn, cause leaves to wither and may damage roots. This leads to an increased chance of the plant contracting a disease or even dying.
The best way to prevent this is to create a designated area in your garden where your dog can go to relieve themselves. This area should be clear of plants to avoid confusing your dog and should be covered in sand or gravel for easy drainage. If your garden is not big enough to include a dog-only area, fencing off no-go areas can stop your dog from damaging plants.
9. Pepper and chilli deterrent
If you would like to add an extra deterrent, crush black peppercorns and then mix these with mixed chilli flakes and chilli powder. Spread this mixture over the areas you want the dog to stay away from. Since dogs sniff an area before doing anything, they will get an unpleasant nose full of spice and will, eventually, learn to stay away from specific areas.
So, there we have it, nine tips for gardening with dogs. With this guide and a little thought, you and your most important friend will be able to enjoy the garden in harmony!
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