Easy Pet Proofing Solutions, There are fewer pleasures in life greater than relaxing in your yard with your family and your pets, creating memories you’ll cherish forever. However, if you’re not prepared, things can take a turn for the worse in an instant, and instead you’ll be witnessing moments you’d rather forget. For pets, a yard is a playground, a place of wonder and adventure – but, if you haven’t proofed it right, it can also be an easy way out. Fortunately, pet proofing your yard isn’t as daunting as it sounds, and there are a few easy tweaks you can make yourself to ensure that not only can your pets roam free, but they can do so with peace of mind. From sealing gaps to planting the right flowers, here’s advice from a Toronto landscaping company in the know.
Easy Pet Proofing Solutions from a Toronto Landscaping Company
- Whether you have chickens or dogs, cats or frogs – chicken wire is your new best friend
Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t plan the land to exist in neat squares, meaning it’s rare to have a perfectly fenced or hedged-off yard in Toronto and gaps are only natural. Yet what may seem like a harmless gap in your yard is seen as a highway to freedom by your pets. By using something as simple and cheap as chicken wire, you can fill any gaps you may have in your yard with ease, stopping even the smallest of pets – not just chickens, despite the name – from sneaking out and onto the Jones’ yard next door. What’s great about chicken wire is that, if used correctly, it’s easy to hide. Plants can cover it, so you don’t have to worry about having something unsightly in your yard. An afternoon spent plugging gaps with chicken wire can prove an invaluable, cost-effective investment, and one that this Toronto landscaping company can’t recommend enough.
- Plants may make your garden look beautiful – but make sure you’re planting the right ones
Planting flowers in your yard is an easy way to turn it from a regular yard to looking like the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, yet caution must be taken when selecting which flowers to plant. Pets such as dogs are very much led by their noses, and can be indiscriminate when it comes to satisfying their rumbling stomachs. Whilst they may look beautiful, some flowers can be extremely harmful to a variety of different pets. Toxic plants include lilies, daffodils, amaryllis, tulips and oleanders. You should avoid planting these if you have pets with access to your garden area. However, if these are your favourites, don’t despair! Chicken wire is a handy way to fence off such plants to ensure your pets can’t get to them and a favourite of this Toronto landscaping company (see, we told your chicken wire is your new best friend). There are still several beautiful non-toxic flowers that you can plants in your yard without worrying about your pets getting sick, such as daisies, orchids, bamboo, jasmine and roses. Caution must also be undertaken when it comes to selecting which fertilizer to use in your yard; whilst manure, compost and seaweed are safe and non-toxic, fishmeal, blood and bone meal and cocoa bean mulch can be harmful for your pets. Having a pet doesn’t mean you should sacrifice the beauty of your yard – it just means you should be more careful.
- Finding perfect furniture for you and your pets
As this Toronto landscaping company well knows, for many people a yard is treated like an extra room in your house, with furniture for relaxing in and becoming one with nature. However, in the same respect, pets should be treated as an extra family member too, and should be accommodated as such – especially in a city with such a varied climate as Toronto. Weather proof pet furniture such as kennels for dogs and hutches for smaller pets not only provide your pets with protection from the elements, but they can also be a safe, comforting space for your pets and can provide your yard with a picture book cosy feel. The ideal structure should be at least a quarter longer and wider than your pet, and they should have adequate space to turn around and get comfy. With regards to outdoor furniture for pet owners, care must be taken to make sure they are safe for your pets. A rough guide is to choose waterproof or easy to clean materials, such as aluminum, wood, wrought iron, leather and wicker. By having materials that are easy to clean in your garden, it’s easier for you to ensure that germs, which could be harmful for your pets, are easy to eliminate, minimizing the risk of any of your pets catching a nasty bug and keeping them safe from harm.
- Bye bye, birdie!
Whilst birdsong may be pleasing to the ear, and birds themselves pleasing to the eye, when it comes to your pets they may not be as pleasant as they seem. Bird poop is not only frustrating for pet owners, it can be a nightmare for pets, too. It contains easily spread bacteria that can make both pets and humans ill, so you may want to think twice before putting that bird feeder in your tree. To be extra cautious, you may also want to consider whether or not you need that tree in your garden at all, as more and more people are turning towards a Toronto landscaping company for removal just to be on the safe side.
As we’ve shown, pet proofing your yard needn’t be something to be scared of, but rather something you can embrace with ease. By following the advice above, you can ensure that both your family and your pets have a yard that they can enjoy together for years. A few simple changes to your yard can make a world of difference for your pets, keeping them safe, happy and, most importantly, still in your yard. Now what are you waiting for? Go buy that chicken wire!