A garden is an invitation for your pets to come and explore! All of the new smells, the increased presence of other critters in the yard, plus your own activity in the garden can create a great deal of curiosity in your pet! And while the garden may seem like a great place to hang out, there are some safety tips you should keep in mind. Look below at some helpful tips on how to keep pets safe around the garden, and see the steps you can take to make the growing season safe for everyone.
1. Use natural fertilizers.
If you want to give your plants a strong start, you may wish to add fertilizer to the soil. If you have pets, using a natural fertilizer is best. Try using coffee grounds, crushed egg shells, even banana peels in your soil. This feeds your plants without adding chemicals that could harm pets.
2. Never use chemical pest repellents.
Are pests a problem? To keep bugs out of the garden, use a non-chemical solution. Curious pets might nibble on chemical repellents, which can cause poisoning. Instead, use a mixture of Dawn soap and water to spray pests away. It is much safer and still quite effective.
3. Put all gardening tools away after use.
Gardening tools can have sharp and even rusty edges. Be sure you put away your tools after each use so that they won’t be stepped on or even chewed on by a frisky pet.
4. Be mindful of the fencing materials you use.
If you use some type of fencing to keep pests and pets out of the garden, be mindful of what you use. Make sure there are no exposed nails, splintered wood, wiring, or even loose ropes that pets can get tangled up in or injured on.
5. Keep toys, food, and pet shelters away from the garden.
You don’t want your pet to associate any of these activities with the garden. By keeping food, toys, and dog houses away from the garden, your pet may be less likely to go and explore in that area.
6. Avoid putting bird feeders in the garden.
While a bird bath or bird feeder might look pretty in your garden, it will just draw more attention to the area. Avoid putting these items in your garden so your pet doesn’t think it is a small critter hang out!
7. Consider what you plant.
While most of your fruit and vegetable plants won’t cause issue for your pets, some can be toxic to pets. Be sure you research all of your plants well to make sure they are safe for pets.
A garden is a such a fun and colorful addition to your yard. Keep it a safe space when you consider these tips for how to keep pets safe around the garden.
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