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Dog-Friendly Gardening

(Wednesday, March 19, 2014)

The first day of spring is coming, and many people will soon begin planting and tending to their gardens. While humans love their gardens, they can actually be dangerous to our four-legged friends. To keep your garden dog-friendly this spring:

  • Be careful of pesticides: Pesticides used to control insects and weeds in your garden can be hazardous for your pup. Do not use pesticides with snail bait with metaldehyde and fly bait with methomyl. Be sure to follow directions and be sure that pesticides are stored in a place where your dog cannot get to them.
  • Designate a play area: Give your pup a designated area to play that is away from your garden. It’s a space where your dog can run around, burn some energy or even do some digging. Having this designated play area will help prevent your pup from causing damage to your garden.
  • Establishing boundaries in your garden: To help keep Fido out the garden bed, you can use a fence or border. A low picket fence or a border using rocks or stones can help protect your garden. It’s best to use vocal commands and treats to help your dog distinguish between where your dog can and cannot go. Raised garden beds or paving a path in your garden using brick or gravel can also help your dog distinguish boundaries.
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