3 Dog-Friendly Landscaping IDEAS
If you’re a dog owner, you know that your little furry friend(s) can wreak havoc on your grass. From brown spots on your grass to big muddy holes from digging in the ground, your yard can take quite a beating. With so much wear and tear on your lawn, many pet owners face having to do patch repair work on their lawn or worse, replace sod which is not always a feasible option. Instead, plan your space based on your pet’s needs and dog-proof your yard to create a backyard that you and your dog will love!
Pet-friendly landscaping designs are not only great for your dog, but they can provide a beautiful, functional outdoor space for you to enjoy as well! Here are 3 dog-friendly landscaping ideas:
Use Artificial Pet Turf
Create an evergreen lawn that does not discolour from dog urine using artificial grass! You can enjoy the look of a lush, green lawn year-round while saving loads of time on mowing. Not only that, but you’ll protect your dog from harmful chemicals that are often used in weed control products and in some lawn maintenance products/fertilizers. We recommend using Pet Turf Artificial Grass by Rymar as the turf is extra durable and made for pets. If you're on the fence about artificial turf, check out the benefits of using artificial grass to see if it’s right for you.
Opt for a Hardscape Design
If artificial grass isn't for you, then consider replacing grassy spaces with natural landscaping materials like decorative rocks or concrete pavers. Create a designated spot for your pet to do its business using pea gravel which is easy on their paws and allows for proper drainage. Encourage your dog to explore without damaging your plants by using concrete pavers or slabs to create pathways between garden beds. Also, you'll want to select non-toxic plants that are safe for pets and be sure to read the labels of all fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides to verify they are pet-friendly.
Install a Dog-Friendly Water Feature
Add a simple water feature for you and your pet to enjoy! You'll love the relaxing sound of water while your dog can also make use of the flowing water. Create a water feature on ground level so your dog can easily access the water to cool off or sneak a quick drink! Boulders with water bubblers surrounded by decorative rocks are an easy option. Rockland can drill a whole in any boulder you choose to make your own unique water feature!
To learn more about how to dog-proof your yard, contact our knowledgeable team at Rockland or join our Facebook group of other DIYers, garden lovers and landscaping experts to ask a question!