Dog-Friendly Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

Share Beautiful Space With Your Best Friend

Summer is a busy time of year, especially when it comes to outdoor chores and yard maintenance. As the days grow longer, there is always extra work to do to make your property look well-groomed, clean, colorful and ultra green. Of course, homeowners with pets might find this challenge to be quite daunting. After all, pets can do damage to garden beds, outdoor cooling units, new grass growth, plants, mulch and more. Yet, we love our furry friends too much to keep them out of our backyards!

So, rather than continually admonish our pets for the damage they can inflict on our outdoor space, we’ve put together a list of 10 ways you can turn your landscaping into a pet-friendly zone!

Our landscape designers can implement any of the following options so you and your pet can spend happily ever after enjoying your outdoor oasis—together.

  1. Install a fence. Dogs need room to roam and also need to learn their boundaries. Installing a fence will give them a proper area to run, while also blocking off grassy spots where they’re not as welcome.
  2. Consider a new type of grass. Is your pet always eating grass? Ask your landscaper about planting grass that is safer for pets.
  3. Try a sandbox. Install a sandbox so your pup has his/her own place to dig rather than ravage through your garden bed.
  4. Plant safely. Plant dog-safe, friendly plants and flowers such as marigolds, sage, cilantro, sunflowers, zinnias and snapdragons. Ask your landscaper about additional pet-friendly shrubs and flowers that might work in the garden.
  5. Go chemical-free. Use natural fertilizers and avoid chemical-based ones that can harm pets.
  6. Plant a tree! Plant a tree that will provide shade in your yard —so Fido has a shady place to rest rather than lying in the cool topsoil or mulch in your garden.
  7. Add some water. Ask your landscaper to install a water feature such as a fountain, pond or even a dog pool!
  8. Cover up the dirt. Fill garden beds with smooth stones or mulch to deter dogs from digging or lying in the dirt.
  9. Create a dog path. Install a dog path or paver walkway where your dog walks or runs, rather than have him/her wear a path in the grass.
  10. Say bye-bye to mud. Fix muddy yard areas by properly grading the area, installing turf or creating stone-filled garden beds.

Quick Solutions to Landscape Issues!

With over 25 years of experience, our landscape designers can always find solutions to troubling landscape or hardscape issues. Whether it’s creating an accommodating outdoor space for your pet or installing a stunning new retaining wall to improve your curb appeal—we’ve got your back. Call us this summer for help with any of the following, too:

  • Property maintenance
  • Landscaping
  • Hardscaping
  • Drainage and grading
  • Fencing
  • Planting
  • Landscape lighting

Questions? Visit us online and drop us a message today!