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Pet Friendly Landscaing – Little Changes that Make a Big Deal

It can be hard to keep the pet you want and have the perfect landscape.  CatsUnique Pet and dogs can ruin grass, flower and vegetable beds, and even trees.  Horses, goats, and chickens need their own specialized spaces which conform with city ordinances. Peacocks and other exotic pets have their own quirks and needs.

However, here are a few ideas which can help make the difference between fighting against your pet’s natural habits and having a peaceful outdoor space you both can enjoy.

Understand your pet’s needs. Different types of pets have different needs.  For example, a small mutt may just need a little running space and a patch on which to do his or her business.  However, a beagle or puggle needs lots of running space, and a puppy may need to chew on things – like your trees, and any dog may need a spot in which to dig or hide their favorite toys.

A cat usually needs plenty of roaming space and, if they are to be confined to the yard and house alone, very high fences.

Horses, goats, chickens, and other animals that may be considered farm animals have specific ordinances which cover their minimal needs.  The large animals like horses, goats, donkeys, etc also need a way to exit their pens and stalls to be walked or ridden on outside paths and roads.

The more you understand your pet’s needs, the more you can create a good place for them, while still keeping the yard space you want.

Set up fenced spaces as needed. Delineate where pens should be located, or if fences need to be put up to block your pet off from other parts of your yard.  Once you have that sorted out, work out if your need the fences high or deep (usually for cats and chickens, your fences need to be high, and for dogs you need your fences deep).

Try hardscaping some shared areas.  You can always hardscape areas that both you and your pet use.  This way they will have a tougher time damaging it, and you can still enjoy it.   If this means your landscaper will have to sacrifice your flowers or veggies, you can see if you can get a hanging garden installed.

Additionally, if you want to get really creative, you can incorporate your garden and a water feature.  I recently saw an amazing water feature which utilized a piano that had been deemed unusable.  The landscaper planted up the inside of the piano, while water came out of the area where the keys used to be.

The water will generally deter your pet from getting too curious.

Add levels to your yard. By installing raised beds, you can usually help deter your dog from getting into your garden and digging up your plants.   They can work like a fence for smaller dog, or just a less attractive and easy access area than the areas your dog normal frequents.

Install plants your pet doesn’t like. There are plants your pet won’t want to eat or don’t like to be around.  You can plant these around areas you don’t want them in.   For example, dogs often don’t like are: calendula and rue.  Both cats and dogs don’t like plectranthus caninus, or coleus canina.

These are just some ideas.  There are more ideas for pet friendly landscaping can be found here.  Do you have any strategies you use in your yard?

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Keeping Horses – Neigh or Yay?

There are areas of Los Angeles County which allow horses, most significantly Shadow Hills and Topanga Canyon.  However, there are lots of rules and regulations when it comes to keeping horses.  Not only that, but horses, being big animals, require lots of space.  In fact, you could say they need their own home outside of your home.

So, do you want to make the investment to keep horses at home?  Or, will you go with a housing facility?

Here are some things to consider:

1. Horses require LOTS of space out of doors.  Unless your land is enormous, you won’t be able to have a huge lawn with a deck, or something like that.  Additionally, you may have some wasted space between where you house your horses and your neighbor’s house.  If you aren’t sure if you have the required space to house your horses at home, consult with a professional landscaper.

2. Keeping horses grant you the ability to create some amazing compost – using horse manure, grass clippings, etc.  So, if you have the space, your horses can help your garden bloom.

3. Housing horses at a separate facility is expensive.  It may be expensive to remodel your landscape, but if you are going to keep horses, it will likely save you money in the long run to keep your own horses.

4. Last but not least, having your horse at home is a pleasure.  You can easily access them, you can enjoy their company and you can ensure their care is exactly to your liking.

So, here’s to a home set up exactly how you want it, and an outdoor space set up perfectly for your best friends – your pets.

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Pet Friendly Landscaping

Pets can often give a homeowner difficulties when making landscaping decisions.  Lawns often get spots from dog urination; both dogs and cats dig; pets like dogs, cats, rabbits and more commonly eat your prize plants; etc.  Here are some ways you can create a pet friendly yard without sacrificing aesthetic beauty:

1. Install hardscaping:

Dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets have difficulty damaging things like cement, stone, brick or gravel.  The main issue you may encounter is wear and tear on your new patio or deck.  Consult with a landscaping expert on what is best to install.

2. Plant pet-friendly herbs and grass.

There are really two concepts to the “pet friendly” plants concept.

One is, you work hard to have and maintain a gorgeous green lawn – then your pet goes and digs it up. 

A solution for this is to purchase tougher grass.  Some grasses are much harder to tear up than others.  With good research and a change in grass-type, your pet should have a much harder time ruining your lawn.  In fact, it may be completely impossible for your fuzzy friend to damage it at all.  I know my dog attempts to dig up my lawn constantly, but I have Bermuda grass and he rarely makes a dent.

If your issue is that your pet leaves urine marks on your lovely green lawn, you can consider planting clover as an alternative to grass.  It doesn’t stain the way normal grass does.

The other issue you may have is that you don’t want to poison your pet with the items you plant and the chemicals you fertilize with. 

This can be a huge problem as some plants cause illness or even death in certain animals.  The same goes with fertilizer.  If you have a pet or are planning on getting one, consult with your landscaper before you buy plants for your yard, or shop for fertilizer. 

You can also consult with your landscaper on what plants might be best for your animal.  For example, if you have a cat, she may like a bit of catnip or some mint in your yard.  Or if you have a dog, he may enjoy munching on grass set aside for him.   

3.  Designate a section of your yard specifically for your pet.

If you have enough space to devote to your pet, you might as well set up a designated area for them.  This way you can grow what you want while they get to hang out outside.

4. Install stone paths.

There are “dog paths”, which can be jarring to your landscape.  In their place, install stone or gravel paths.  Your dog gets to secure his territory, while you get a nicer looking yard.

5. Ensure your yard is properly blocked off.

Often times, cats will jump walls and wander into the neighbor’s yard, but other pets like dogs, rabbits and iguanas will generally stay in your yard if you have it properly enclosed.  Usually this entails a wall and a gate.  You can install block, wood, wrought iron, etc.  Just look at what would be aesthetically pleasing for your yard, but secure enough to keep your pet from getting lost or hurt in the big wide world outside of your house and yard.

In closing, there are many ways to keep your pet safe and your yard beautiful. Consult with a professional landscaper on what works best for your pet and your property.

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