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Helping Your Garden Survive Your Dog

By Kerri Hamilton

Spring is a great time of year. You spend your days planting and planning a beautiful garden. You
wait all winter for signs of life in your garden but it takes no time for your dog to send your garden
into trauma.

Don't choose one or the other, you can have a dog and a great garden. They may not always get
along but with your help they can coexist. Plan a garden your dog may not be able to reach.
Raised planters deter your dog from stomping out your plants. Maybe a small fence is enough to
say keep out to your pet.  Here are a few things you can consider to prepare your garden for your
pet and vice versa.

- What kind of dog do you have? Are they hyperactive or do they like to dig when they are
bored? Do you see your dog eating plants or grass?

- What do you use you yard for? Is it a play space for your dog as well as your family? Does your
dog have a favorite place to go the bathroom?

- How old is your dog? A younger dog is more likely to be curious and explore a new garden.
Puppies will experiment in tasting various substances. An older dog may be more content in lying in
a spot. Yet, a senior dog might not like his routing walk in the backyard altered by a garden.

- What is the training level of your dog? Does he or she grasp ideas and accept changes easily? Will
they learn to leave the new garden alone? Will you need to create separate spheres to have what
you and your dog both want?

Planning Stages

Consider these questions when you are plotting your garden. How big will it be? What do you
want in it? How long do you want your garden to last? Will you have to maintain your garden daily
or do you want to let be?

Where does your dog fit in your planning? Plan your garden considering your dogs needs. If the
garden is in shared space with your dog make sure they can be in it.

A fence is a perfect solution to dividing a space. You might want to have your garden be a
sanctuary free of dogs.

If you want to grow difficult or specialized plants don't let your dog mess with them. You can not
blame the dog for being naturally curious. A zen garden is a great idea for a space for you and your
pet. The plants native to think kind of garden are hearty and would need a lot of puppy stomping
for them to die. Add a water feature if your pet likes to swim.

Rock gardens are a great idea. Rocks can be piled to hide delicate plants. Some plants can be
elevated above dog level safe from digging paws. Just remember whatever you plant may end up
being a snack for your dog'so be sure to plant some doggie safe stuff.

However you construct your garden, with or without adding suitable fencing, remember, its
purpose. A place to enjoy time with your pet and they can even help you start holes to plant in.

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