If you have a dog, there is a good chance that you also have a garden. Put those two things together and you may have a recipe for disaster: most dogs like to dig in gardens, which can kill flowers and plants. With many breeds of dog, it is in their nature to dig – most of the time they are hiding toys or bones. If this is the case, you want to find some ways to protect your garden. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to protect your garden from your dog. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you will find a way to keep your garden bright and beautiful – and your dog will have a safe space to play. Here are some ways to prevent your dog from digging up your garden.
- Create a rock barrier – some small dog breeds won’t want to take the trouble to hop over the barrier. One of the best ways to protect your garden is to place large rocks around the flowers or the tree beds. Most small dogs, and even some medium-sized dogs, won’t have a natural instinct to dig in rocky areas.
- Keep your garden in the front yard – save your backyard for an area where dogs can play. If you have a front yard and back yard, you may want to keep your flowers and other sensitive flora in your front yard. You can reserve your backyard for a simple grass area where you dogs can play. Creating this delineation will be important for the life of your flowers.
- Place mulch or sawdust over your soil to make the area less fun to dig in. Indeed, dogs like to dig in soil, but they won’t want to dig in mulch. By placing mulch over the soil, you will not only be keeping your dogs out of the soil – you will also be providing nutrients for your trees and flowers. You can usually visit your local nursery for mulch – all you have to do is ask someone who is working there what the best mulch is for the type of flowers you have.
- Build a fence around the more delicate part of your garden. Another option is to build a dog fence. You can find a company, like Yard Dog Fencing & Decks, who will visit your home and build a fence between the delicate area of your garden that you want to protect and the area where your dogs can play. You can even incorporate this fence into a barrier, which will keep your pets within your property.
- Train your dog not to dig in the garden – with a little obedience training, your garden will be safe and sound. On top of everything, you also want to teach your pets not to dig in the garden. In most cases, younger dogs will be easier to train, but with enough diligence, you can train older dogs not to dig as well. Whatever the case is, a little obedience must be in order if your dog continues to dig.