We love our pets. We also love our gardens. But with all the chemicals in fertilizers and herbicides these days, can we realistically maintain our beautiful plants while keeping our pets safe from ingesting anything harmful? The opposite question is valid, too: can we protect our gardens from our playful pets that enjoy digging holes and damaging our plants? The short answer is yes, with planning and preparation.
The safety of our pets is paramount. However, so many fertilizers and products that help our gardens flourish can be toxic and harmful to our pets. If our pets ingest large amounts of fertilizer or insecticide, they could, at minimum, have gastrointestinal upset, and at maximum, could cause intestinal obstruction. So how can we protect them?
1. Find an organic pesticide for your grass and garden, or consider making your own. There are a variety of ways you can make your own pesticides from common ingredients at home. Utilize the Internet and look for instructional videos on YouTube.com that can teach you how to create an effective and safe alternative.
2. Talk with your gardener to ensure they are using pet-safe products as well. Even if this means you purchase the products yourself, be sure to explain the importance of using only organic, chemical-free products. Maintaining a garden is a group effort and everyone needs to be on the same page!
3. Avoid composting. Or at least, avoid having your pet anywhere near your compost. While composting is a great and organic way of feeding your garden, it can be hazardous to your pets while it is decomposing.
4. Remove plants that are known to be poisonous for pets. These include flowers such as Lily’s, Crocuses and Sago Palms, to name a few. There are so many equally beautiful flowers and plants out there; it is better not to risk your pets from accidentally eating one of these!
Gardening is a therapeutic and physically active pastime that is good for our mind and bodies. So it’s just as important to make sure our pets don’t tear it up. Training them from a young age to stay away from your beautiful plants is a useful time investment. But if this still not solving the issue, consider fencing off your garden as a barrier for your plants if your pet is known to dig holes or eat plants. Also, you might try to averting their attention to an acceptable “digging pit” that is their special place to dig. You can entice them by buying their treats or a bone for them to find.
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