Pets are a wonderful addition to life, and there is no end to which we go to spoil them. Having a yard in your Burbank home is great for your furry friend. There are many ways you can optimize your landscape designs for your pets to enjoy the beautiful Los Angeles climate.
Landscape Designs for Your Pets!
1. Dog-Friendly Ground Cover
One of the most destructive things your pup can do is urinate in your yard, causing grass discoloration. Instead of daily rinsing, choose a pet-safe ground cover. For a green lawn, choose clover – a dog-safe, edible grass alternative, synthetic turf, or a durable grass blend such as Buffalo Grass or Kentucky Bluegrass. You can also try smooth stones or mulch, which can also be a natural bug repellent!
2. Pet Safe Plants
Some plants are harmless to animals, but some are poisonous, even deadly, especially around puppies who seem to be constantly chewing! Some Fido-friendly flowers are Asters, Hibiscus, Marigolds, Petunias, Pansies, and Impatiens. Plant these in your garden, and you will have less to worry about!
3. Dog Paths
Dogs are our protectors, always scouting out danger. However, because of their watchful nature, your dog may be treading a path around your yard, ruining the grass. Design a dog path around the yard boundary or fence with a ground cover such as mulch or pebbles. It will keep your pup from ruining your yard and provide some interest to the landscaping!
4. Make Shade
During hot California summers, it is easy for your pet to overheat. Yards need plenty of shade – tall bushes, grass, or even a structure such as a pergola or a trellis for your pet to find some relief. You could even build a personalized dog house that matches your yard’s aesthetic!
5. Cool with a Water Feature
Most dogs love to play in the water – it keeps them hydrated and cool on hot days! Dog pools, sprinkler systems, water hoses, or decorative fountains can help keep your pet from overheating and provide hours of entertainment. If you want to get fancy, add a dog-friendly tanning ledge in the shallow end of your pool!
Design Scapes – Your LA Landscapers
Would you like to create a backyard that your pup will love to be out in every day, all year long? We at Design Scapes can help you achieve all your landscaping goals. Give us a call today for a consultation.