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Lawn Tips for Dog Owners

Dogs are notorious for sticking their noses where they don’t belong. It’s up to you and your lawn care professional to ensure man’s best friend can lounge around the yard free from care. Here are some tips to keep a pet-friendly garden while protecting your lawn from bathroom breaks.

It All Starts with Training

The best way to make sure your dog doesn’t eat the flowers or ruin the lawn is training. A dog that is trained to know the flowers are off-limits and going on the lawn is not acceptable is much less likely to do either of those things. The first and most obvious tip is to make your dog aware of the behaviors that are allowed in the yard through repetition. It may take some work, but it’ll save you money and headaches later.

Pick a Place for Potty Breaks

After hiring an Atlanta lawn care specialist, customers want to be sure their lawns and gardens stay in pristine condition. This can be hard to achieve when your pet uses the yard for potty breaks. The easiest fix for this is training your dog to use certain areas. Establishing a place your dog is allowed to do its “business” will help the overall look and health of your lawn. Wooded or mulched areas are preferable places to teach your dog to go to the bathroom. If you’re feeling ambitious and have the space, you can make your next yard project a fenced-in potty run.

Put a Barrier Around the Garden

            You’re your garden with your dog in mind. Place smaller, more delicate plants towards the center and larger, sturdier ones along the border to serve as the first line of defense against your dog’s explorations.  Your “fence” could include weigela, purple basil, coral bells, and pineapple sage. In some cases, a shock collar fence that delivers an adjustable vibration when crossed or a literal physical fence may be necessary.

Know What’s Poisonous for Dogs

The variety of foods and plants that can prove catastrophic if ingested by your dog is almost shocking. The list includes lilies, azaleas, bloodleaf, climbing bittersweet, and many more. Before planting anything new, cross-check with professionals and the internet to make sure you’re not placing anything in your yard that could cause harm to your dog.

The effort you and your lawn care specialist put into your yard should produce the outside space you envision as well as the safety and freedom your dog deserves. It can be challenging to own a dog and keep a beautiful lawn, but following these tips will help you achieve both goals.