With summer fast approaching, you and your family will likely be spending more time outside enjoying the sun and perhaps even a barbecue. For gardening enthusiasts, this can also mean hours spent carefully tending to your plants. This will ensure that your lawn and garden look pristine. Of course, if you have a dog, your furry friend may also be excited to spend more time outside. You may find them trampling through your garden and digging up all of the plants you put hard work into growing. Fortunately, there are simple solutions that can keep this from happening. Worried that your dog will wreak havoc in your yard? Here are a few simple tips to help you dog-proof your lawn and garden.
Focus on Hardy Plants
One of the simplest ways to protect your garden from your dog is to think about what you are planting. Focusing on large, hardy plants when planting your garden this spring is the best form of protection. These plants are less likely to be trampled. Consider planting mainly dog-friendly plants such as sturdy shrubs and perennials, grasses, and trees. Additionally, the denser you plant your garden, the less likely your dog will be to trample through it.
Invest in Dog-Proof Fencing
If you would prefer to plant flower beds and/or a vegetable garden, you may want to consider more extreme measures to keep your furry friend out. Adding a garden fence around the perimeter of your flower beds can serve as an effective barrier against curious canines. Unless your dog is particularly destructive, the fence likely doesn’t need to be tall enough to keep them out. It can just serve as a visual reminder to stay out of that area.
Use Raised Garden Beds
Of course, fencing off a part of your yard just for your garden may seem like an impractical solution. Depending on the size of your dog, creating a raised garden bed may be a simpler option for protecting your plants. Strategically placed raised garden beds can help lift your vegetables and delicate flowers out of harm’s way. This ensures they are protected.
Deter Digging With Herbs
If your dog tends to dig up your lawn and garden, you may be surprised that there are natural solutions that you can implement to deter digging. For instance, planting pungent herb bushes like rosemary in your garden will keep your dog at bay, as dogs do not like its scent. Chili pepper and coffee grounds sprinkled throughout your garden can also act as an effective dog deterrent.
Create a Designated Dog Zone
If your dog is an avid digger, you may be struggling to maintain your lawn as your pup tries to fill it with as many craters as the moon. If you have been trying to deter digging to no avail, the best option may be to keep your dog away from your lawn altogether. Instead, consider fencing off a section of your yard as a designated dog zone. They can play and dig as much as they want while saving the rest of your lawn and garden.
Trying to maintain a pristine lawn and garden can feel like a struggle if your dog constantly digs and tramples your plants. However, simple solutions can help protect your yard from even the most destructive canine.