How to Dog-Proof your Yard

Keep your furry friends safe


One of the best things about owning a home is having a space for your pet to run wild. But how does one create a beautiful yard that is both environmentally friendly and pet-safe? 


Avoid thorny and spiny plants, which can cause serious eye injuries. Many wild mushrooms can be fatal if ingested by dogs. If mushrooms appear, dig and dispose of them immediately. Find out online or talk to your vet about which plants are toxic to your dog, as different dog breeds are sensitive to different plants. There are some dog-friendly plants, and even some that help with fleas.



This may seem obvious, but it is extremely important to have a fence that is not only tall enough to keep your dog inside but also to keep other (possibly dangerous) animals out.
Make sure the fence is at least six feet tall. After it is installed, check the perimeter for spaces where your dog might be able to slip underneath.
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If this summer was any reminder, Los Angeles can get unbearably hot. It's important to provide your dog with a shady area such as a pergola—or better yet, a doghouse with heat-absorbing clay tiling on the roof—to cool off in.

 St. Augustine

St. Augustine


A green lawn is a wonderful place for the pups (and kids) to roll around in. We’ve found St. Augustine to work best for its durability and pest resistant qualities. A drought-tolerant and low-maintenance solution is DG—decomposed granite. It’s easy to clean and soft on paws.


 Flagstone & DG—decomposed granite Walkway

Flagstone & DG—decomposed granite Walkway

Gentle hardscape: Smooth flagstones and pebbles form a pathway that dogs can comfortably tread on.

Mulch: Small cedar chips are easy on paws yet large enough so they won’t cling to silky coats.

Plant protection: Planters and planter boxes help. Also you can densely plant large plants and shrubs or put gravel around them.

Running track: A long, winding path provides dogs with plenty of exercise. DG works well here.

We now provide dog-friendly design and installation as one of our landscape services. Our goal is to create a perfect environment where both the homeowner and his best friend can enjoy a healthy and aesthetic landscape.

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Leaving Your Landscape for a Vacation

by Marc Knox of mygardening411

For any homeowner, one of the real worries that crops up almost every year is what to do when it is time to leave town, be it overseas or somewhere in your home country.

You don’t want to forgo your vacation, but you also want to make sure that you come back to a well-tended garden which is not going to have suffered from your absence. The real problem here is that most vacations start right in the height of summer, a time most important for your garden.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure that your garden not only survives, but thrives, while you are away for a week or even two or three.



Let The Garden Tend For Itself

It is actually possible to ensure that your garden is tending for itself while you are away too, and that can be achieved more easily than you might have thought. Using something like a hydroponic gardening system, you will not have to worry about any additional watering to the garden for at least a couple of weeks – perfect for your average kind of holiday time.

Of course, you will want to make sure that you are keen on this system first and that you trust it, which means mostly going to a supplier you trust, but also that you might want to install it early and try it out while you are still home. Just make sure that it works before you go away for too long.

If hydroponics seems a bit too complicated for your 2 week holiday, consider installing an automatic water timer to your hose set up. They are relatively inexpensive and can be used all year round, perfect for when you are not in the mood to water the garden.


Hire Maintenance or Ask For A Neighbor’s Help

It is always possible that you might have a neighbor who is able and willing to give you a helping hand, and if so you should absolutely make the most of that opportunity. Even if all they do is water the plants while you are gone, then you will at least be able to ensure that everything is going to be healthy enough until you get back.

Hiring a professional service for feeding or weeding and pruning is even better – but just watering will suffice in most occasions.

Go On Vacation Later

You can of course simply schedule your vacation a bit earlier or later in the year when the weather is less extreme. Then you will be able to leave your garden for much longer, as it will not need quite so much in the way of tending. However, if you are often away on business trips, the above tips can help keep your landscape looking pristine year-round. 

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