As sweet, loving, and playful as dogs are, they can be a nightmare when it comes to the yard. Dogs tend to chew, dig, and trample on anything they want, which can compromise the health and appeal of your property. Gratefully, there are purposeful landscaping techniques that can help avoid the damage and headache that dogs can inadvertently create.
Research the Breed
Different breeds of dogs possess particular quirks and preferences that make them unique. Each breed maintains a variety of instinctual skills such as hunting, swimming, herding, or running. Understanding how to channel and occupy these natural tendencies is vital in avoiding unwanted property damage. Appropriately directing their natural energy can make a remarkable difference in protecting the yard and garden.
Specific breeds including Huskies, German shepherds, and bulldogs are often extremely protective, constantly concerned with the safety of others. As a result, they routinely patrol outdoor spaces. If you notice your dog uniformly circling the yard, consider installing a small path to conceal the padded grass or dirt they habitually create. Given paws callus over time, most dogs can easily and safely walk on materials like brick, concrete, flagstone, or smooth river stone. If you live in warmer climates, choose a lighter color material to reduce heat and the potential of burnt paws. Your CGreens Dallas landscape design specialist will be able to direct you to the best choice of materials on your budget to help keep your dog safe.
Dogs will always dig wherever they feel comfortable; so it’s important to control where they displace the natural landscape by setting boundaries. Try installing chicken wire or boards around the perimeter of the fence right below the soil line as a preventive measure. If this fails, install a form of dense vegetation that prevents them from accessing the fence line. Another beneficial technique involves creating a designated digging spot. Dogs often start to dig to alleviate their boredom, create a cool space to rest, or bury a bone. A designated area for digging allows them to concentrate their efforts, rather than searching for other places to dig. A small sandbox or patch of gravel can do the trick.
Hardscaping is an effective way to protect a favorite bush, flower patch, or tree that your dog won’t leave alone. It often involves building a small retaining wall, installing a small fence, or adding larger bushes to separate and cut off specific areas of the yard. These installments can be both appealing and functional when professionally done.
For more information on creating and maintaining the ideal outdoor space for pets, contact CGreens Landscape Management in Dallas, TX. Our professional team is readily available to help design and maintain the landscape of your dreams. Call 972-231-2870 for a free consultation today!