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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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New Years Resolutions for your Landscape

It’s almost 2013!  It’s the time of year we look around and make plans for the future.  Here are some ideas for resolutions for your landscape:

– Install a rain barrel in your gutter system.  This time of year is the best time to 0rainbarrellget rain barrels installed – since it’s getting rainier.

– Compile a compost pile.  A compost heap is a great way to get organic matter into your soil.  Getting one set up is easy, just make sure to get the right mix of organic matter so it decays properly – and don’t put processed foods or meat into the pile.

– Create a plan for your yard and decide what parts of it you can implement this coming year.  Can you install a water feature?  Are you going for a yard your kids can play in?  Are you looking to have a vegetable garden?

– Decide to create a better and safer entry way.  It may need new lights, to be refinished, or completely redone.

– Finally, enjoy your yard.  Your yard is the place for you, friends, and family should enjoy.  Make sure you utilize the space and have fun!

Are there any resolutions you’ve made this year?

 

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Water, Water Everywhere

There is no sound more annoying in your yard than that of traffic noise.  A great way to get around this is have a water feature.

Here are a couple of ideas:

1. Install a pondless waterfall.  What is this?  A waterfall with no pond?  Preposterous!

Let me explain. Pondless waterfalls do actually have  a pond, it’s just underground.  The cool thing about that is, because sunlight doesn’t hit the standing water, algae and other plant life generally don’t invade your watery space.

The main kind of pondless waterfall I’ve seen is the stationary water feature, which generally looks more modern.  This is where you have an art piece of sorts that has water running down it.  It’s a clean, low maintenance water feature idea for your yard.

2. Listen to the babble of a brook.  Nothing makes me feel like I’m in a nice, natural environment than the sound of water running over stone.  This water features takes a bit of room, but the trade-off is a nice sound, plus a great place for attracting animals like birds to bathe in slower-moving portions of your little stream.

3. Do you already have a pool?  Install a waterfall which gushes its way into the pool.

As a kid, I loved these water features.  They are fun to climb, jump off of or swim under.  As an adult, I still like these water features – but I tend to enjoy them while floating on a blow-up pool recliner, drinking something icy.

4. Fountains put the “f” in “feature”.  Just kidding.  But seriously, fountains sound really nice, you can turn them off an on easily and, if you set them up with extra shallow spots, birds like them.  So, not only do you get the calming sound of running water, but you get some tweeting friends as well.

5. Set up a bubbling pond.  It’s really easy to install a feature in a pond which just shoots your replacement water a bit in the air, giving you that babbling sound.  This a neat feature because you can include water plants, fish, etc to the equation.

Here’s to a yard filled with relaxing sounds.

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