Who is your best friend? You know, the one who loves you no matter what you look like and is always happy to see you with her wagging tail. My best friend is a 14-year-old dalmatian who loves carrots and freshly baked bread but hates baths and pedicures. Spending time with your four-legged BFF in the garden sounds like a great idea during summertime. And, it is, but you need to be aware of some plants harmful to dogs.
Common plants harmful to dogs:
1. Autumn Crocus causes burning of the mouth.
2. Azalea causes oral irritation.
3. Daffodil causes heart arrhythmia, convulsions.
4. Dieffenbachia (a.k.a. Dumb Cane) causes oral irritation.
5. Tulip causes oral irritation and excessive drooling.
Helpful tips for dog friendly gardening:
Do some dogscaping. My new favorite word is dogscaping, and I can’t take credit for it. What is it? Landscaping with your four-legged BFF in mind.
This may mean growing harmful plants in containers so that they can be moved out of reach of your dog. It could also be planting plants that are distasteful to dogs around the perimeter of your garden to keep them out. Some dogs are deterred by strong herbs. (Mine isn’t, but maybe yours will be.)
Dogscaping could also include sprinkling spices such as dried mustard or crushed dried pepper around harmful plants to deter your dog. Strong flavors such as coffee grounds and bitter orange may also keep your dog away.
Give your dog her own spot to relieve itself. By leading your dog to the same place to relieve herself every time she’ll learn that it should only go there. Hopefully, this will keep her away from destroying your garden with her waste.
Most dogs like to dig. When Fido starts digging direct him to a specific spot designated for that purpose. Hopefully, he’ll catch on and learn that all his digging should happen there and not in your garden.
Basic training goes a long way. Whether by using an invisible fencing system or another training method, boundary training your dog will keep him out of your garden. Be patient as this will take time but hopefully, pay off with a happy dog and garden.
Remember, it’s a dog. And dogs need exercise. Maybe Spot is destroying your garden because she’s not getting enough exercise or stimulation elsewhere. Take her for a walk, play fetch, or let her run free at the local Bark Park and hopefully she’ll get her energy out there and not in your garden.
Source : Organic Authority