How Do I Stop My Dog Destroying My Garden? - Richgro
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How do I stop my dog destroying my garden?

Keeping your dog from getting into your garden can be a challenge. Whether they’re digging up plants or making bare patches in your grass here are some simple things you can do to stop your pet from destroying your garden.

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Use barriers and paths

If your garden allows for it, it’s great to build a fence around vulnerable areas – especially flower beds. There’s something so irresistible about flower beds in the eyes of a dog and building a small fence at your dog’s chest height is usually enough of a deterrent. There’s no easier way to solve the problem, at least temporarily, while you work on training your dog to stay out of the area.

To prevent a dog running through your garden, you could create paths through them, or create clearly defined boundaries, such as a box hedge.

 

Alter your garden design

Consider making changes to the design of your garden. Dogs don’t know which area of the garden are off limits to them. Therefore, the boundaries must be obvious. Raised garden beds will help dogs make these distinctions. Redesigning your garden can be a great solution if you can’t keep dogs out of certain garden areas.

 

Create a digging area

Instead of letting your dog choose where to dig in your yard, why not decide for him?

All you need to do is create a digging area, just for your dog. Dogs love to dig in sand because it’s soft and easy to move around, you can even use an old sandpit. Encourage your dog to use this area by burying treats. You can even hide their toys. By hiding surprises, they won’t want to dig anywhere else!

 

Choose dog-proof plants

Gardening when you have pets is all about creating a garden that can withstand a little bit of wear and tear. Ensure you choose plants that are hardy and resilient to dog activities. Avoid plants that may break easily and plants with sharp foliage which can injure your pet.

Hardy plants such as ornamental grasses are a great way to section off areas or protect areas that are off-limits. Steer clear of plants that are toxic to dogs if eaten, these include plants such as Aloe Vera and Azaleas. Mass plantings of shrubs are a great idea as most pets will go around rather than through such plantings.

CamelliasCamellias are an ideal choice and perfect for hedging. They are highly regarded for their beautiful flowers, outstanding evergreen leaves, and compact, rounded form.

Magnolias are another pet friendly shrub. Their magnificent flowers come in various colours, and many have a pleasant aroma as well.

Dogs can damage young plants, so be sure to plant large, established perennials such as African Daisies (Osteospermum).

There are also several herbs that make a practical choice and won’t harm your pets. Creeping thyme is a perennial plant that doesn’t need a lot of attention and is a great ground cover. Just a little water and sun, and it’s good to go. When considering what plants to include in a pet friendly garden remember to include ones that can take damage from a paw or furry backside and still survive! Even if a few stems or flowers are broken, rest assure they will quickly recover.

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