Your Eureka rental property needs to be as safe for animals as it is for humans if you are going to own a pet or grant your tenants permission to have pets. Setting up a pet-friendly garden should not have to be costly or complex.  Nevertheless, it will need you to do a bit of research and planning.  One way to boost your single-family property’s appeal is to design a wonderful garden that makes the space conducive for pets. Though it’s quite impossible to completely pet-proof your garden — not when you have determined diggers around — there are other steps towards a safe and durable garden space in your rental property.

A good place to start when planning a pet-friendly garden is the choice of plants — which ones work and which ones don’t.  A variety of plants are poisonous for dogs, cats, and other pets, so choosing safe plants is a good idea in case a pet decides to take a bite. Should you already have plants on the property, make sure to examine each one, making an inventory, so that you have an idea of which ones might be toxic. Make sure to remove the entire plant and root structure if you find any. Do not use chemicals or poisons on the plants, as these can harm pets as well.

After gathering the initial details of the plants you want to include in your garden, proceed to outline the area that you want to utilize. Pet-friendly gardens often use features like sturdy border plants, planting containers, raised beds, and fences to control which parts of the yard the pet will be able to access. Using large, sturdy plants as a barrier around more delicate plants can help keep pets from trampling and urinating in places you don’t want them to. Container gardening, especially hanging baskets and railing planters can help place garden plants out of reach. And then, there are several inexpensive or decorative fencing that may encourage pets to use certain areas of the yard while keeping them away from others.

Different kinds of deterrents involve adding specific varieties of spices and pungent plants with smells that pets don’t like. E.g., rosemary, sage, and bitter orange plants may keep a curious dog away due to their strong odor. Some experts recommend planting Coleus Canina, sometimes called Dogbane, in areas where pets aren’t wanted. This plant has an overpowering smell that most cats and dogs can’t stand. However, the scent is barely noticeable to humans.

At last, it is significant to contemplate what type of fertilizer you are using on your plants. Many varieties of fertilizer and even mulch can be harmful to household pets. Better to err on the side of caution, especially when pets have unsupervised access to the garden. You can help create a pet-safe garden that your tenant will love by going for non-toxic varieties of both fertilizer and mulch.

Let your creativity shine through as you design your beautiful garden! All it takes is a bit of outlining, and you’re on your way to a charming garden that can safely withstand the ordinary activities of household pets.