Pet-Friendly Gardening this Spring
Spring is here, which means it is time to get back out into your garden! While gardening is a great pastime, it’s important to remember that there could be some risks for your pet. Prevention is key when it comes to pet gardening safety. There are many plants and materials used in gardens that can be poisonous or harmful to your pets if ingested. To keep your furry friend safe, there are a few important tips you should follow.
- Do your research: Before planting anything in your garden, make sure you take the time to research what types of plants are toxic or dangerous for your pet. The ASPCA has a comprehensive list of known toxic plants, so start there first before adding any new greenery to your garden space.
- Be mindful of stored items: Your pet’s curiosity may lead them to explore places you don’t expect, like a shed or garage, where poisons such as antifreeze, rat poison, and pesticides are stored. When adding these items to your home, make sure they are stored away safely and out of reach of your pet.
- Put up fences: Putting up a fence around your garden space can help keep your pet away from any potential harm that is in the ground or on the plants themselves. If possible, choose a material that won’t corrode over time or be easy for them to climb over as an extra precaution against escape attempts!
- Plant pet-friendly plants: Take the time to research what types of plants are safe for pets and which ones could be poisonous. Common plants that can be toxic to animals include aloe vera, daffodils, and lilies. Add some pet-safe foliage like catnip, lavender, or mint to your outdoor space instead!
- Consider alternatives to traditional fertilizers: If you’re looking for an organic alternative to chemical fertilizers, consider using compost or manure as a safer option that is still highly effective in nourishing your lawn or garden.
Safety comes first when it comes to gardening with your pet, but following the above steps can keep your furry friend safe and give you a beautiful garden. By taking the right precautions when cultivating a pet-friendly garden, it can be a safe and enjoyable place for both you and your furry friend. If you have any questions about gardening with your pet, contact our team for assistance!