How to Keep Your Dog Out of Your Landscaping
Man’s best friend has a way of winning over our hearts with little more than a look. You know what we mean — those sad big brown eyes convince you to give up your last bite of fried chicken. For many of us, dogs are treated like family, because they are. They may have fur and four legs, but they’re just another one of your children. Like human children, your pets can get into a lot of trouble and may even destroy things you hold dear. When you hire Awad Landscapes, you do so because you love your yard and you want it to look as nice as possible. What do you do when Fido decides that your flower bed looks like a great place for a nap? Here are a few tips to help you cope with your pup’s intrusion into your garden.
Spread Coffee Grounds
If you’re a coffee drinker, you likely have a fresh batch of coffee grounds every morning. Rather than throwing them out, spread them around your garden. Most dogs dislike the smell of bitter grounds and will naturally stay away from areas where you place them. Best of all, the coffee grounds will help your garden flourish. The natural antioxidants in the grounds enrich your soil and feed your plants.
Use Your Sprinkler System
This step requires a bit more active participation, but it’s one of the most effective methods of keeping your dog out of your landscaping. Set up a sprinkler attachment on your hose or use your existing sprinkler system. As soon as you see your pup approaching the garden box, turn the sprinkler on. Even water-loving dogs will turn tail and run when startled by the sprinkler system. Do this every time your dog gets close to the landscaping or flower beds and, eventually, they’ll learn to associate the landscaping with an unpleasant spritz of the sprinkler.
Keep Them Out with Crushed Pepper
Like the bitter smell of coffee, the scent of hot peppers will drive most pups away. Get some crushed spicy peppers from your local grocery store and spread it around the landscaping. The spice won’t hurt your garden, but it will keep your pooch out of your landscaping. Should they decide to lick any of it up, they’ll learn very quickly that the garden is not a welcoming place anymore.
Create a Puppy Paradise
If you feel horribly guilty kicking your pup out of the landscaping, consider creating an area that’s just for your four-legged friend. Spread mulch or place an old blanket on a spot that your pup loves to lounge in. Then, build a clear walkway for your dog to access that spot. Many dogs are naturally inclined to walk in designated paths, and by giving them access to a special spot amongst your landscaping, you might just discourage them from lounging in places they’re not welcome to go.
Create a Puppy Sandbox
Dogs who love to dig in landscaping can often ruin the appearance of your yard in a matter of minutes. Spare yourself the stress of coming home to a wrecked yard by creating a dedicated dog sandbox where they can dig to their heart’s content. Simply fill a kiddie pool with several bags of sand or fill dirt. Then place a few of your pup’s favorite toys in the box and show it to them. Before you know it, they’ll be digging away happily and will naturally gravitate to their sandbox anytime the urge strikes them.
If you’re looking for help pooch-proofing your landscaping, call the experts in professional landscaping in Northbrook. Awad Landscapes is here to help, no matter how large or small your project. Contact us today for an estimate!