10 Tips for Gardening with Pets
Nothing says Spring like a freshly planted garden. It’s an activity that can also be done with your pets and is a great way to bond while creating a special sanctuary that will feed your family.
There are many ways to include your pet in your gardening and even find motivation in gardening with unique plants that serve a purpose (like Plants that Naturally Repel Fleas and Ticks)!
Here is a list of gardening tips that will help you make the garden a truly special place for you and your entire family. We’ve made it easy for you to select the best plants for your garden and also some safety tips when you’re out in the garden with your four-legged friends.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#ff9933″ style_color=”#ff9933″]1. Be careful what you plant[/heading]
Many plants are naturally effective for pest control, and many can even serve a purpose other than eating or looking beautiful or filling the air with the scent of spring. For example, there are plants that can naturally attract wildlife or helpful insects while still naturally repelling Neighborhood Cats and Fighting Mosquitoes Naturally.
- And just as a bonus, here are a few herbs and plants that will naturally repel deer: Yarrow, Lavender, Bee Balm, Russian Sage, Rosemary. (For a very extensive list of deer-repelling plants, click here.)
[heading style=”2″ color=”#ff9933″ style_color=”#ff9933″]2. Track your tools[/heading]
Don’t leave out anything that a pet (or person) can step on – even if it’s only for a moment. Get in the habit of keeping rakes prong-side down and even partially buried when you’re gardening. Never leave tools and pets unattended. We could tell you some stories… We’ve seen pups with puncture wounds from chewing on or stepping on rakes, shovels that have sliced into paws, and even a lost tooth from playful animals dragging tools around the yard together!
[heading style=”2″ color=”#ff9933″ style_color=”#ff9933″]3. Create a special garden for your pet [/heading]
Catnip, lemongrass, oat and barley grasses are all good choices for a special cat or dog garden. (When working with grasses, be cautious to keep the ends of grasses from blooming as the ends of the grass can cause problems for your pets by getting into paws, ears, and digestive systems like foxtails do).
[heading style=”2″ color=”#ff9933″ style_color=”#ff9933″]4. There are many plants that can be toxic to animals.[/heading]
Be sure you know what the level of toxicity is and how to best avoid poisoning or skin reactions in pets. This is a list of plants and herbs that can be toxic to pets.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#ff9933″ style_color=”#ff9933″]5. Consider container gardening or hanging gardens.[/heading]
If your pets are just focused on digging in your garden, try container or hanging gardens. These are also great solutions for planting herbs and other plants that may be toxic to pets or that you just want to keep out of reach.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#ff9933″ style_color=”#ff9933″]6. Be cautious with fertilizers and pesticides.[/heading]
An organic garden is a friendly garden. Plant early, utilize plants and herbs that are harmonious with others. Here is a list of plants that are natural insecticides and safe for your pets.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#ff9933″ style_color=”#ff9933″]7. Heartworm and Mosquitoes.[/heading]
Gardens can be a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes, which lead to heartworm. Be sure that your pets are all up-to-date on their heartworm protection and consider planting things that naturally repel mosquitoes.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#ff9933″ style_color=”#ff9933″]8. Preoccupied pooches keep pets out of gardens.[/heading]
Keep your pets out of your garden by teaching them the places they are allowed to roam. Offer plenty of toys in an area outside of the garden and teach them that the garden is off-limits by reinforcing the behavior. Some pets are persistent and it will help to place fencing around your garden area.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#ff9933″ style_color=”#ff9933″]9. Keep wildlife and stray animals away from gardens in a humane way.[/heading]
There are many ways of keeping critters out of your garden without resorting to lethal means. We have a list of creative suggestions here and here, but you can also explore the many benefits of cougar and/or coyote urine (which can be purchased at your local hunting supply store), or something that doesn’t require you to enter that place – like hanging old CD’s in the garden to keep deer, cats, and other animals out of the garden. As they rotate, light from the sun, moon and exterior lamps will flash from the CD and frighten the animals out of your garden.
[heading style=”2″ color=”#ff9933″ style_color=”#ff9933″]10. Avoid Rodenticides.[/heading]
The best way to avoid rodenticides is to never use them. If you have pets, this should be your golden rule. Your best solution is to use natural means of control that include pets. Your pet will be your best deterrent to annoying gophers, mice, and other rodents.
May your Spring garden be filled with blooms!