Landscaping Ideas for a Pet-Friendly Yard

Many of our clients want their outdoor living space to be enjoyed by both their human friends and their furry friends. By working closely with the knowledgeable experts at Glenn Landscape, our clients get unique solutions which allow both people and pets to benefit from their backyard landscape.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Attractive and Secure Fencing

Our domesticated friends need boundaries to make sure they are safe and secure when outside in the yard. A chain-link fence will work, but we recommend choosing a more appealing fencing material that matches your landscape design. For a traditional look, go with a picket fence or split rail fence. For an industrial and ornamental look, an aluminum or wrought iron fence will work nicely. For privacy, you can choose a solid wood fence or masonry wall.

Fresh Running Water Features

Landscape water features can benefit your pets as well as add to your landscape design. Adding a fresh-flowing pond or splash fountain that is easily accessible to your pets is a great way to ensure they always have fresh water available and a way to cool off in the hot summer months.

Avoid Poisonous Plants

Although they look great in your garden, some common flowers found in the Eugene area are surprisingly dangerous or even deadly to dogs and cats if consumed. A few of these poisonous flowers include:

Lily – This is a very popular flower due to it being a very low-maintenance and attractive flower. Unfortunately, they contain a toxin that can cause liver failure or even death to cats that consume it. If you suspect that your cat has eaten any part of these flowers, call your veterinarian or local emergency animal hospital immediately.

Geranium – The common geranium is one that dog and cat owners should be wary of. They are toxic if consumed or even if a dog rolls around in the flowers.

Clematis – This popular purple flower, also known as the leather flower, thrives in the dry summers of Oregon. Dogs, cats, and horses that consume the leaves of this plant can suffer from vomiting and diarrhea. While it is not deadly, it is definitely one that pet owners should avoid.

For a full list of poisonous plants, check out the ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List.

Provide Shade and Shelter

Planting trees is a great way to provide shade for your pets and can also act as a shelter from the rain. Build a covered patio or deck so that you and your pets can enjoy the outdoors without being caught in the weather. Your dog would also enjoy a dog house to have somewhere safe and secure to rest while outside.

Durable Ground Cover

Artificial grass is a good option if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of brown spots, patches, and digging. Make sure deodorizer is applied to the turf during its installment to help absorb pet urine odors. If you choose to keep your natural grass lawn, you may want a more durable grass that will hold up to dogs pacing the fence, digging and playing. Hardscapes, such as those made of stone or masonry, are another option for pet owners. They offer a low-maintenance alternative to grass, so you won’t have to worry about lawn care, and it minimizes the mess pets make from digging, urination, and other wear and tear.

For more information about pet-friendly landscaping ideas, contact Glenn Landscape. We will work with you to make the outdoor living space of you and your furry friends’ dreams.

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