We love our pets. They really become like family. So as the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outside, we want our four-legged friends to similarly enjoy the outdoors and their own outdoor environment. How can you create a more pet-friendly Tulsa landscape design ?
Dogs, of course, love to run and play, so to help them get the exercise they need (and to prevent them from creating their own path), you can build a dog run path along the perimeter of your property along a fence or even through your property using materials like wood planks, wood chips, pavers, or decomposed granite. You want to use materials that will not get too hot for your dog’s feet.
Some plants can be harmful to animals including aloe, daisies, daffodils, and gardenias. Check with the ASPCA, veterinarian, or your local Cooperative Extension for a complete list plants that are dangerous to animals. Avoid using plants with thorns or stickers. Also, be careful with pesticides and other chemicals that are harmful to animals. Some types of mulch, like cocoa mulch, can also be toxic to dogs if eaten. So check with your veterinarian before choosing a mulch.
Especially in the heat of summer, dogs will need a place to relax and cool off from the heat. A dog house of course provides a nice shelter, but strategically placed shrubs and trees can also afford a comfortable area for shade. A nice pergola or arbor can be the shade both you and your pet need to stay out of direct sunlight. A small pond or other water feature especially designed for your dog can be a fun and relaxing way for him to cool off and stay hydrated. However, make sure they can easily get out of the water feature or pond.
Planting ornamental grasses and hardy shrubs around the edge of your garden along with a border of rocks can help to prevent rowdy pets from ruining a flower bed or garden. Using a raised garden bed can also be helpful to keep out playful pets. Creating a designated “digging area” for your canine friend can prevent him from making holes throughout your landscape. You can fill this area with soft soil and sand or cedar or wood chips for them to dig in.
A fence is usually a must with dogs and many other pets. Make sure the fence is tall enough so that your dog doesn’t get out and that the space between the slats doesn’t allow room for your dog to get his head stuck in. Planting shrubs and flowers along your fence line can help to decorate the fence and help it complement your landscape.
These are just a few of the many ways you can create a more pet-friendly backyard. Talk with the Tulsa landscape designers at Oklahoma Landscape for more ideas on pet-friendly landscape design. And always talk with your pet’s veterinarian before planting, using mulch, or using chemicals in your outdoor environment to make sure you know exactly what is safe for your animals.