If you have a dog, it can be hard to keep your garden looking nice. Muddy paws, urine spots and holes are infuriating to deal with, but you can still have a dog and a nice garden. The trick is compromise. You will need to balance the responsibilities of having a dog and your desire for a nice lawn. The first step in doing this is realising you will need to abandon any business-as-usual approaches. You will probably have to manage what is on your property if your dog usually runs free. With compromise and hard work though, you can have a nice lawn and a dog.
Artificial grass looks and feels like the real thing; however, it is much stronger and more durable. This means your dog will not dig up your garden, keeping it looking nice. Another aspect making artificial grass good for pets is that there will be no muddy prints with artificial grass. Artificial grass is non-toxic and safe, and there’s no need for using weed killer which could poison your dog. Also, there is a reduced risk of lung worm. Safety benefits aside and the fact that your dog is less likely to dig up your garden, your dog will still enjoy playing around in artificial grass, and you can hardly tell any difference between real and artificial grass.
Dealing with Muddy Paws
One method is using a welcome mat or a mud mat. Place it in front of your door, then train your dog to sit on it. This might take a while because after a walk a dog usually wants to dart straight to the water, but you can train your dog to do this with persistence. You can also use a towel or mitt as a dog wipe. Just keep it near the door and wipe the paws when the dog comes in.
Plants That Might Poison Your Dog
Quite often plants planted for beauty are poisonous. Lilies, such as the Lily-of-the-Valley, are often poisonous to dogs, along with the foxglove. The Lily-of-the-Valley can cause digestive distress, kidney failure and even death among other things. Chances of your dog wanting to eat these are low, but there is still a chance of them eating something toxic. Iris, monkshood, bleeding heart, larkspur and rhubarb are other plants that could severely harm your dog. If you do want these, make sure you are absolutely sure your dog can’t get them. It only takes a few seconds for a dog to eat one of these plants, get sick and even die.
Many plants producing fruit or seeds can poison your dog. All types of cherry fruit are bad for your dog, and acorns are toxic for dogs too. Castor bean plant and rosary pea seeds are toxic, but the stalks and leaves are not. It is best to keep your dog far away from any of the plants that have been mentioned, whether they are completely poisonous or only a bit of them is.