Pets are right by our side when we need them most. They tend to spend every minute looking out for us actually. Plus, they love digging in the dirt just as much as any gardener.
Responsible pet parents want to keep pets happy and safe. Protecting pets outside is just as important as inside and ensures yards and gardens are safe for beloved four-legged family members.
Petscaping is a trend that any gardening company can get on-board with. So, thank them incorporating dogscaping when you design your landscape and create a yard that’s dog-friendly to keep them happy, healthy and out of trouble.
Continue reading to learn how to create a pet friendly yard.
Create a Landscape of Wagging Tails and Happy Dogs
1. Safe Paws, Safe Pets. Dogs love your lush, green lawn. The chemicals used in many lawn fertilizers and products aren’t safe for pets or people for that matter. Keep dogs’ paws safe, happy and healthy by opting for a 100% organic lawn program.
2. Don’t Munch on Mulch. Since dogs often eat mulch, choose one that’s non-toxic and pet-safe. Avoid cocoa mulch, and any mulch that has essential oils, resins or chemical insecticides.
3. Mend the Fence. Fences prevent dogs from running away and keep them safe. Check frequently gaps, breaks or broken latches. And, fence off pools, ponds and fire pits to prevent injuries.
4. Cool them Off. A kiddie pool is cheap, loads of fun and protects dogs from the summer heat. Want it a bit more hidden? Dig out an area to create a pseudo in-ground pool, so only the top 1-2” is exposed. You can fence in the area if you please.
5. Dig It. If your dog is frequently digging up your favorite flowers, create a dog-friendly dig spot. Pick a spot and put a border around it using rocks or bricks. Then, fill with loose dirt or sand. Bury a few toys and bones here to introduce the area. Reward your pup with treats when they dig here.
Pets and PR
People love their pets more than anything. A recent study revealed that more than 90 percent of new dog owners adopted pooches for companionship. Keep consumers loyal to your brand by helping to make the world a better place for their furry friends.
Garden brands that create pet-friendly products or support causes related to pets can reach new audiences. Start incorporating pet tips into your social media channels. Look for information from trust-worthy sources about petscaping, catios and chicken coops. And who doesn’t love pictures of pets in the garden on Instagram? These posts are sure to be instant winners.
To learn more about trends check out our 2016 report.