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Caring for Your Pets and the Home You Share with Them

By John Voket


Since February is Responsible Pet Owner's Month, I will wrap up our series on taking the best care of your pet, while keeping your home free of all the damage pets may provide, along with all that wonderful companionship!

A recent post on Jedimoney.com takes a look at the damage a pet can render to your garden and landscaping. The feature, which is not sourced, offers these tips to protect your outdoor space from pet damage:

1. Install a Trellis - Perhaps you could use a trellis for plants that climb, such as peas? Installing a trellis immediately after crops have been planted in the soil can help to protect the plants. Essentially, a trellis works to keep animals out and away from an area, but can simultaneously look attractive in a garden.

2. Leave Mulch in Place
- It is a good idea to use small patches of soil to rake back mulch. Interestingly, bare soil is most attractive to animals, so if you cover soil with mulch, you are taking a positive step to protecting your garden from pet damage.

3. Layer Well-Branched Sticks on Garden Beds - The use of even a few well-branched sticks on your garden beds can help to deter dogs and cats. It is best to layer the branches so that they are overlapping and that the garden bed is lightly covered. Having said this, ensure that you don’t use so many sticks that it ends up preventing light from reaching the soil. When your crops are sufficiently large that they risk becoming tangled in the wood, it is likely that your pets will not be so interested in the garden beds. At this time, it is fairly safe to take the sticks away and perhaps even use them for firewood.

4. Work Out Why Your Pets Are Destroying Your Garden Beds
- It is not uncommon for cats to dig up plants and destroy garden beds, because they think the loose soil will make a perfect litter box. If this is relevant to the destruction happening in your garden, you could consider building your cat a sandpit so that they may freely scratch and dig!

5. Use a Natural Dog Repellent - Florists, horticulturalists and gardeners have long been aware and made use of natural repellents to protect plants from creatures causing damage. Natural dog repellents have the advantages of not causing harm to dogs or plants, as well as being inexpensive and easy to use. There are a number of different natural dog repellents that can be applied to deter a dog from damaging your garden.

When it comes to protecting your property, jedimoney.com says taking a number of simple steps can help protect your garden from damage that is commonly caused by pets.

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