Creating a Pet-Safe Garden This Summer
It’s that time of year again to get the yard and garden ready for summer! Warm weather is coming, and soon you and your pooch or kitty will be able to frolic together outside. Nothing is better than getting to hang out and be outside in the fresh air, and if you’re like me, you absolutely love adding beautiful plants to your yard! But before you begin planting this year, it’s very important to ensure that you’re not planting anything that could pose a danger to your pets. There are many plants that may look beautiful but are poisonous to our four-legged friends. So, we’ve compiled a list of some popular plants that are not healthy for pets to come in contact with.
Unsafe plants for cats and dogs:
-Azaleas and Rhododendrons
-Tulip and Narcissus bulbs
Thankfully, there are also a lot of wonderful plants that you can add to your yard and garden that are not only safe for your pets, but that your pets will love! Here are some ideas:
-Barley grass is safe and may even help an upset stomach.
-Catnip. Although your cat may love it because it’s a stimulant for them, it actually does the opposite for Fido. Catnip makes dogs feel very relaxed, but it’s not harmful to them.
-Chamomile is calming.
-Lavender is a calming and soothing choice as well.
-Mint provides something fun and interesting for your dog to sniff, and they may even enjoy munching on it.
-Rosemary is energizing.
But don’t forget:
Leafy greens (lettuce, spinach, etc)
And remember to add some pet safe ornamentals to your outdoor haven! We’ve got some great ideas for you:
Black Eyed Susan
Sweet Potato Vine
So, enjoy the outdoors this summer and don’t be afraid to share with your furry loved ones! There are so many wonderful plants to choose from that are perfectly safe for your pets and that they will thoroughly enjoy. Creating an environment that provides stimulation and interest for your dogs and cats is always fantastic. Experiment with different plants to see which ones your pets really enjoy. Just like people, pets also have favorites, so have fun with it!
And lastly, please don’t forget to check the labels of everything that you put in your yard and garden. Not all gardening products are pet safe, so be sure to always read those labels.
Have fun and enjoy the outdoors this summer!