Creating different routes through the garden, such as clearly defined paths and designated play or digging areas will keep your dog stimulated. Differing textures of the surfaces can be stimulating underfoot, and plants such as salix and ornamental grasses dance and sway, providing entertainment.
12 tips for a dog-friendly garden
Gardens can be wonderful, stimulating spaces for dogs. But dogs can potentially cause havoc, too, digging up plants and urinating on lawns.
Gardens also contain hazards – some plants are potentially toxic to dogs and there are other dangers too, from harmful chemicals to sharp objects.
There are lots of things you can do to ensure you live in harmony with your four-legged friend, including planting non-toxic plants, creating dedicated dog areas and keeping the garden secure.
Here are our 12 tips for a dog-friendly garden.
Make the garden stimulating
Plant robust plants
Boisterous dogs can damage young plants, or those with delicate stems, either by digging them up or running through them. Plant large, established perennials and choose robust plants such asnepeta, astilbe and hardy geranium. Use a good backbone of sturdy shrubs such as viburnum or shrubroses. Robust lavender is ideal at the front of a border.
Avoid toxic plants
Protect your plants and lawn
Dogs can ruin lawns and borders so create a designated area for play or digging, using sand or bark.To prevent a dog running through your borders, you could create paths through them, or create clearly defined boundaries, such as a low-growing box hedge. Raised beds are a great option, too.
Make sure your garden is secure
Keep dogs away from slugs and snails
Keep your shed secure
Avoid cocoa bean shell mulch
Like chocolate, this by-product of the chocolate industry can be harmful if eaten – and the chocolatey smell is tempting. Use an alternative mulch such as bark chippings.