1. Provide shady areas for your pet to relax.
– Plant trees and tall shrubs (which grow much faster than trees typically)
– pergola, gazebo, or doghouse can also be used to provide shade
2. Use chemicals cautiously.
– Many fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are highly toxic to animals. Always read the product’s label completely and follow all directions precisely. Generally, you will need to keep your pets away from the application area for at least 24 hours. Make sure to retrieve any food bowls and toys before application. Consider using natural and organic products that will not cause harm to your pet. Stow away all chemical products in a safe place.
Here are some suggestions for pet-safe fertilizers:
– Liquid Seaweed
– Fish emulsion
– Grass clipping (mow lawn regularly to keep grass clippings small)
– Bone Meal
– Blood Meal
Here are some suggestions for pet-safe pesticides:
– Diatomaceous Earth
– Boric acid
– Essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, lemon, and pine (diluted with water)
Keep the flea and tick population down by mowing your lawn regularly. Prevent any stagnant water from sitting in your yard in order to prevent mosquitos from breeding.
3. Irrigation Schedule
– Allow your yard some time to dry out after irrigation before allowing your pet outside. When grass and soil are wet, they are more easily damaged. Also, you prevent muddy fur and paw prints from coming into your home!