Ah spring - the time of year when the bulbs you planted last year are supposed to come up. This is when you discover that plant you really liked has died - too much “natural” fertilizer. Well no one said gardening with a dog in the house or, rather, yard, was going to be easy.
There are those who say you cannot have both a garden and a dog. The 2 are not incompatible, but you will have to reconsider your ideal of what is and where you can put a garden. Your ideal and that of your puppy or dog must mesh. It stands to reason the 2 of you do not hold the same concept of proper garden etiquette. You need to sit down and look at your garden. Put together a list containing the basic requirements for your new garde.
Be sure to factor in these crucial variables.
• The character, personality and breed of your dog. Is he or she a digger? Do they eat plants? Does the canine in your life like to graze?
• What is the purpose of the back yard or garden space? Is it a shared usage? Does your dog utilize the area as a bathroom and playground? Do you want to change its designated usage?
• How old is your dog? A younger dog is more likely to be curious and explore a new garden? Puppies will experiment in tasting various substances. An older dog may be more content in lying in a spot. Yet, a senior dog might not like his routing walk in the backyard altered by a garden.
• What is the training level of your dog? Does he or she grasp ideas and accept changes easily? Will they learn to leave the new garden alone? Will you need to create separate spheres to have what you and your dog both want?
After you ask these questions, you need to sit down and make some decisions. You have to clearly decide what the purpose of the garden is? Is it to be a show piece? Do you plan to entertain in an informal garden atmosphere? Is it merely a small patch? Will it require high maintenance or is it self sustaining?
You next need to look at where your dog fits into this picture. If the dog and the garden are to coexist, you really must consider his needs and demands. When constructing a garden you cannot ignore all the users. This is your dog’s garden, too.
If you plan to separate garden and dog, you can plant a more elaborate and/or specialist garden. You can create a refuge from you that does not include an invasive species - your dog - and maybe your children. If you follow this path, you may have to create a barrier. Be prepared to construct a fence.
There are a few low maintenance and refined gardens that are compatible with a dog. Traditional formal and rare plant gardens are best left without plant companionship. You can, however, have a formal Japanese Zen Garden and enjoy it with your puppy. The plants you select are naturally hardy. It takes a lot to destroy grass and bamboo. You may want to omit the pond, but you can still have the sane. After the puppy races through, simply rake it back into its original calming shape.
Another possibility is a rock garden. They have nooks and crannies for ensuring plants remain safe. Be sure, however, there are places your dog can walk safely, free from harm to paws. Naturalized gardens also offer possibilities of sharing your interest with your dog. Whatever the case, be sure you plant vegetation that is dog-friendly. Remember, some plants are actually toxic to canines.
However you construct your garden, with or without adding suitable fencing, remember, its purpose. Moreover, do not forget its creation and even ongoing existence depends upon the input of your 4-footed friend.Content provided by Christi Clark of www.ohmydogsupplies.com, the top store to purchase toys for dogs online.