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The robins are chirping, it’s warm enough to walk Spot again, and none of us can stop sneezing. That’s right, SWDers: another glorious gardening season is here!
And let’s face it: Your dog can’t wait to trample, dig, and eat everything you’ve worked so hard to plant. Weee!
The good news is, a little dog-proofing can go a long way to keeping this year’s garden alive and thriving.
Check out our tips on keeping your plants — and pooch — happy.
1. The bigger the better.
When you’re out shopping for plants, focus your attention on the larger, more developed plants. The larger the plant, the harder it will be for your dog to inadvertently trample it into oblivion with no chance for recovery.
2. Fence it up!
The easiest way to keep your dog out of your garden is by fencing its perimeter. Even a small, decorative fence can serve as an effective barrier for curious canines.
3. Take things to a new level.
4. Encourage digging.
Yes, you read that right. If your dog is a digger, chances are he’ll spend his summer uprooting your geraniums and pepper plants and everything in between — not exactly ideal. Instead of punishing your dog for digging, encourage it! The trick? Designate a “dig zone” in one section of your backyard. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be big.) To create the zone, cover it with sand, dirt, and other soft mediums to create a heavenly playground for your pup. Train your dog to “go dig” in his designated spot to avoid an uprooted rosebush.
5. Have you met Herb?
Plant pungent herb bushes like rosemary in multiple corners of your garden. Dogs don’t like the smell of rosemary and will steer away from the scent. (Plus, then you can soak the rosemary in your strawberry margarita. #blessed)
6. Consider a new area altogether.
If your pupper spends most of her time in the back yard, consider moving your most precious plants to the front. In addition to protecting your plants from your pooch, front yard gardens can improve curb appeal, increase opportunities for socializing with your neighbors, and make pulling into your driveway a doggone delight.
7. Incorporate dog-friendly features.
After a long, satisfying day working in your garden, you and your pup could both use a rinse. Consider installing an outdoor pet shower station. Have a pooch that doesn’t want to leave your side while you work in the garden? Keep your furry supervisor comfy and out of the sun with a raised, shaded, dog bed. Finally, gardening season is hot, so don’t forget to water your dog when you water your plants. Designate a place in your yard to keep a water bowl so your buddy always knows where he can go to get hydrated. (There are even doggy fountains that attach right to a hose!)