How to Landscape with Pets in Mind

Did you know there are 20 dogs for every 100 people in Australia? That’s nearly five million dogs in a country of dog lovers. Divine Landscapes advise that if you have one or more, then you’ll likely want to think of ways to make your yard not only beautiful but more appealing to your furry friend as well. Landscape design can be more than merely appealing to adults, so here’s how to achieve the best of both worlds.

Add a Pond
Water features such as ponds and waterfalls can be beneficial for your mental health. However, they can also be a reason for wagging tails. Dogs love to drink fresh water, so why not create a safe and flowing pond or waterfall that’s welcoming for your dog? For safety reasons, ensure there is a safe area for them to access the water, such as a gentle slope. If you’re not sure how to pull it off, consult a landscape design expert.

Full Fencing

Around nine dogs from every 1,000 residents are picked up by dog control in Australia every year. While many of those dogs are strays and require rehoming, many escape their owners’ poorly fenced properties. If you are going to incorporate your dog’s needs into your landscape design, then fencing should be your first priority.

Choose the appropriate fence sizing based on how much of an escape artist your dog is. As a rule of thumb, the bigger your dog, the taller the fence you need. If you’re not sure how to achieve function and beauty with your landscape design, a landscaping expert in your area can help.

Appropriate Plants

Many plants can be toxic and harmful to cats and dogs. As a result, you have to put a lot of thought into how you will design your property. Even some landscaping materials like mulch can be harmful. There are many excellent resources online to find out which plants are toxic, but you can also ask your local vet for advice as well.

Shelter and Shade

If your dog spends a lot of time outside – either with you or on their own, then make sure they have plenty of shelter and shade. They’ll need a kennel or trees to keep them out of both the sun’s intensity and the rain during the colder weather. Shade cloths, tarps, and dog kennels should all form part of your landscape design.

Catering to your dog’s needs during the early stages of landscape design can save a lot of hassle later on. Imagine planting all your buxom hedging, only to find you need full fencing to keep your furry friends safe? Contact your local landscaping expert and find out how they can help create a peaceful haven for you and your four-legged companions.

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