Dogs are naturally curious beings and if given the chance, will dig up almost anything, including the plants in your garden. Prevent them from pawing at your perennials and learn how to dog-proof your garden. Here’s how to do it:
Barrier plants & containers
Garden beds planted with tall plants will be harder for dogs to get into. You can also plant flowers on raised garden beds and in containers to prevent your dogs from pawing at your petunias. Large pots and planters will prevent your dog from rolling around in and flattening your garden.
A short gate can easily prevent a small dog from getting into your garden. For larger dogs, get a taller gate with strong latches. Check the bottom of your gate often — dogs can easily dig holes underneath to get to that appetizing salad bar you call “vegetable garden”.
Spice things up
If a small fence and moat aren’t enough to keep your dog out of your garden, try spicing things up! Dogs can’t stand the taste of anything sour or bitter. Spread powdered mustard or red pepper flakes around your plants to prevent your dog from harming them. You can also use vinegar and ammonia, but don’t spray them on your plants or lawn! Try drizzling them on cotton balls and place them around the area you want to protect.
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Construct a moat
If your dog loves to dig and a fence isn’t quite cutting it, construct a moat. A garden moat with pinecone bedding is uncomfortable for dog’s sensitive paws and should prevent them from getting into your garden. Save up your pinecones so you have enough to fill your moat!
Teach good behavior
Training is an important part of being a dog owner. Yet, teaching your dog basic commands may not be enough to keep them out of your garden. Consider improving their behavior through training or obedience courses. Remember to play with your dog and give them plenty of attention — rewarding them for their good behaviors will reinforce their positive actions. Don’t get too upset if your dog knocks down a pot or steps on a plant — plants grow back!