Gardening Tips: While most avid gardeners want to attract wildlife, that usually means things like bees and birds. Unfortunately, if you have a dog or cat that likes to spend time outside, the sights and smells of your beautiful garden might be attracting them as well.
Your four-legged friend may be a part of the family, but that doesn’t mean it’s lovely when they dig up your precious plants. With 51 million pets owned in the UK, it’s likely that many people are looking for ways to keep them safe while protecting their garden.
With that in mind, let’s cover a few ways in which you can keep your dog or cat safely away from your garden, so your flowers can flourish and both you and your pet(s) can enjoy the beauty of what you’ve created.
1. Add a Little Spice
What might seem okay to eat to humans doesn’t always appeal to dogs and cats. One way to deter your animals from your garden is to add a little ‘spice’ to it. This can be done using powdered mustard and crushed dried pepper flakes.
All you have to do is mix the two dried ingredients together and sprinkle them all throughout your garden. The plants won’t get damaged, they won’t keep insects and birds from stopping by, and one sniff and your dog (or cat) won’t want to go into your garden bed and start digging.
2. Give Your Dog Somewhere Else to Run
If you have a dog, there’s a good chance they want to run around and dig in your garden because they’re bored, or need to burn off some energy.
Setting up a dog run or a designated area for your furry friend to run around can keep them occupied while they’re outside. You may even want to invest in artificial grass for a certain spot in your yard, if your dog is prone to digging. You can take advantage of Free Artificial Grass Samples to determine which type is best for your yard.
3. Supervise Your Pets
This might seem a bit self-explanatory, but one of the best ways of keeping your pets out of your garden is to watch them whenever they’re outside. If you see bad behavior, this gives you the opportunity to correct and redirect.
For example, if your dog or cat begins digging in your garden and you’re right there to see it, you can discipline them the right way, and redirect them to something like playing with a toy, or running around in another area of the yard. It’s simply another form of training. Pets don’t know off hand that they’re not supposed to dig up your flowers. They need to be trained and directed.
So, if you have a family pet that frequently goes outside, keep these tips in mind to keep your garden safe without having to use harsh chemicals or ingredients that could harm your pet or other wildlife creatures. When you’re willing to think outside the box and try a few unique ways to protect your garden, you can enjoy being outside with your pet, whether you’re planting or pruning.
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