KEEP YOUR YARD AND GARDEN PET-FRIENDLY
It is estimated that there are more than 70 million dogs and nearly 85 million cats living in homes across the United States (Canada has a considerable population as well per capita).
If you own a pet, you will no doubt want your pet to spend some quality time in your yard.
Since we have been in the lawn maintenance service business since 1988, we have seen it time and time again, where active and energetic dogs are really hard on our client’s landscapes.
Although it seems impossible, there is a way to keep your pet happy and your garden intact at the same time.
DO A LITTLE RESEARCH FIRST
Toy breeds and dogs that are not as active are much easier on your gardens. However, we’ve seen pets left alone for long periods of time turn to pacing (creating ruts in the lawn), barking, chewing, and digging in the hopes of escaping the yard.
IT’S NOT YOUR PET’S FAULT, BLAME IT ON YOUR LANDSCAPING
Simply scolding an animal for bad behavior almost never works out for the better. In fact, we’ve seen pets continue the bad behaviour simply to get attention (that’s why they were digging or chewing in the first place – to get your attention).
Instead, it would be better to chisel out some quality time with your dog. Play with it, run with it, play catch with it, and train it to stay out of your garden (otherwise you’ll need to have one of our gardening experts drop by).
If you are a cat owner and want it to roam free please keep in mind that they are much more likely to be injured in a fight or hit by an automobile. Sadly, they are also more likely to be exposed to feline diseases.
The most garden-related issue with cats is that they tend to kill songbirds. Oftentimes it’s the singing birds that really add to the peace of your backyard so keep an eye on your cat while it is outside. It may be a worthwhile investment to place a collar with a bell on it so that they are less likely to capture and kill any birds.