Proper Petscaping

Creating A Safe, Pet-Friendly Outdoor Oasis For Fido

by Camp Bow Wow // April - May - June 2023

Springtime means warmer temperatures, longer days, and more outdoor time for dogs. It’s also a time when you may start gardening or lawn upkeep which can create hazards for your pups. Dogs love to investigate new smells and gardens tend to be chock full of them, so it’s common to see dogs become curious and get into their pet parents’ garden. To keep your pups safe during gardening season – and to protect your beautiful plantings and lovely manicured lawn – here’s a list of tips and reminders for you to consider as you plan out your garden.

It’s best to keep any garden beds or boxes in an enclosed area where your dog doesn’t have access. This is the easiest way to prevent dogs from damaging your plants or injuring themselves. If you don’t have this option, you’ll need to monitor your pup when outside to ensure he doesn’t dig, eat, or destroy your plants or soil.

Be sure to avoid keeping hazardous plants where dogs can get to them. Even if they don’t seem enticing or you don’t think your dog will eat them, it’s not worth the risk. Do your research before purchasing plants so you can keep your pets safe. The ASPCA has a comprehensive list of plants and their potential hazards at

If you plant fruits or veggies, be aware that some dogs may try to eat these. You can place these in a secure area away from your dog or use plant cloches or protectors. Some fruits and veggies are toxic to dogs, particularly in large quantities, so make sure any hazardous foods are out of your dog’s reach.

Look for gardening products with a pet-safe label. Avoid cocoa mulch or fertilizers with iron, organophosphates, and carbamates, as these are toxic to dogs.

Even though we try to get rid of weeds, keep in mind many weed killers are toxic to dogs. Be sure to read the label and not allow your dog contact with any weed killer. Also, there are some pet-friendly weed killers available. Some weeds are difficult to eliminate and particularly harsh for dogs. Foxtails (also called grass awns) are a major culprit of spring and summer veterinary visits.

Make sure your pup stays indoors while you mow the lawn, weed whack, or use other, sharp, or heavy gardening tools. Some dogs may be overly curious about these items and become injured if they get too close, so it’s best to keep them separated.

If you currently have or plan to install edging in your yard, make sure you opt for a style with a rolled top and is plastic, or consider an alternative like brick pavers to avoid sharp edges that could cause injury to your dog.

Your yard and garden can be both pristine and the perfect spring space for your pup to frolick, relax, and exercise. With just a little know-how and effort, you can create a safe outdoor oasis for your furry friend, while simultaneously protecting it from your curious canine.

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