Creating a Child and Dog Safe Yard

Published on: January 3, 2015

If you are a parent to a child or a dog, you want them to be able to safely play in your yard. However, you also want to ensure that your landscaping efforts stay intact. This is easier said than done, especially since both kids and dogs like to dig, run and jump with no regard to the delicate plants around them. Planning a yard that’s both safe for them and capable of standing up to their play takes a little planning. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Fences. Fences are a must if you want your human or furry kids to be able to safely play in your yard. Beyond fencing an enclosed area for them to keep them safe, you can also use smaller fences to keep them out of areas you want protected from them.

Fertilizer and chemicals. Make sure you’re using fertilizer and garden chemicals that are safe for humans and animals. Some varieties contain toxic elements which can make small children and pets sick.

Thorny bushes. Thorny bushes can keep both kids and dogs away from areas you want to protect. They may get a “boo-boo” the first time they touch them; however, they will likely stay away after that first encounter. Still, you may want to think about the texture of foliage while choosing landscaping plants.

Toxic plants. Be careful to examine the plants you have growing in your yard. Foxglove can be fatal to dogs, plus some plants have pretty berries that can be toxic.

Talk to your local landscaper about additional ways to child- or dog-proof your yard. They can advise you about plants to avoid, and many offer fencing services to help you keep your kids safe.

Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 649-0818

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