Landscaping Ideas For A Pet-Friendly Yard

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If you have pets that spend a lot of time in your yard, you may want to take them into consideration when you redesign the landscaping scheme. Use this guide to create a pet-friendly area for your precious pooch or kitty, and get the beautiful look you want for your yard as part of your residential landscape design.

Use Separate Turf

Your pets can damage your grass when playing outside or tending to their personal needs. To solve this problem, create a separate area of the yard dedicated to your pet pals, and use pet-friendly artificial turf instead of grass. The lawn will no longer have brown spots or bare patches, and your pets get a comfortable place to play. Place this turf near the door to your home so the pets can access it quickly, and consider building a fence around it where your pets can play freely without disturbing the rest of your yard. If artificial turf isn't possible, you can lay down sod or mulch separately in the play area and replace it as needed throughout the year.

Ditch Concrete Sidewalks

Concrete can get very hot in the summer sun, and this can injure your pet's paws. Instead, consider creating a walkway with mulch. You can also use outdoor rubber flooring, which provides a bit of cushion with every step. This option is ideal for older pets that need extra support for their joints. If you do prefer to keep concrete on your walkway, consider using concrete pavers with patches of grass in between. Your pets can walk on the grass instead of the pavement, and you still get the flat, smooth walking surface you want.

Install A Pet Fountain

If your pets spend a lot of time outdoors, consider installing a pet fountain in their play area. These fountains are available in a number of shapes, sizes, and designs. Some attach to your garden hose and fill a bowl for your pets to drink out of, while others look like traditional landscaping fountains but are sized specifically for pets. Of course, you won't want to leave your pets unattended for long periods of time, but this option does offer a convenient way to keep them hydrated. You can also install a sprinkler system that lets your furry friends play in the water to cool off or add a baby pool for lounging outdoors.

Carefully Consider Outdoor Plants

There are a number of plants that, while beautiful, can be poisonous to pets. Work with your landscaper to plan out which plants you want to add to your yard, and check to make sure they won't be dangerous to your cats and dogs. Some plants that are poisonous include:

• Azaleas • Lilies • Daffodils • Tulips • Hyacinths

You can discuss your plans for pet-friendly landscaping with your veterinarian to ensure you are taking the right precautions as you begin work on your yard.