Dogscaping or dog-centric landscaping was highlighted as a 2018 trend in an earlier post and we received a number of inquiries. The post sparked enough interest that I thought an expanded post would be helpful.
The Elevated Status of Pets
- We see tiny dogs carried around in large purses.
- Pet supply stores encourage dogs to accompany us on our shopping trip.
- Some restaurants allow dogs on their dining patios.
- At Partridge Creek and other outside malls, not only are dogs welcome, some stores carry a ‘pet friendly’ designation with an invitation to enter and get a treat!
- There are whole days set aside each year in waterparks, zoos, and arboretum for our four-footed furry kids to roam for the day.
- Community dog parks are springing up all over. There is even a dog park finder website to locate parks as you travel coast-to-coast.
- To travel or dine with your pet, find pet friendly hotels, restaurants, and venues.
With the increased status comes added perks. When clients request a landscape that is pet-proof, we are now more likely to advise homeowners to let us create pet-friendly yards with features specifically designed around their four-legged family members.
Pet Friendly Dogscaping
Without a pet-friendly design the yard will not function well. Here is a list of factors to consider when planning your next dog-friendly landscaping project or re-design!
- If your dogs like to patrol the perimeter, let’s plan for that. Install border plantings, but adjust the positioning. Move the border away from fences allowing space for your pet to act like a dog without destroying the landscape.
- All dogs need exercise. Consider designing in a path to keep them away from other plants and to provide space for exercise. Providing the space for them will leave you with a happier and healthier pet. If you have an active space for your dog they will be able to work off excess energy and are less likely to dig and damage your terrain out of boredom.
- Safety First! Consult this list from the ASPCA for plants that are harmful to pets. www.aspca.org/toxicplants
- Consider including a water feature or puppy pool for cooling off, for a quick drink, or even a bath.
- Provide shade for a rest area.
- Include fenced-in spaces within your yard.
- Prepare designated potty areas. Set up a sand box in their space. For male dogs, consider a piece of driftwood to serve as a marking post.
- Include comfortable mulch.
- Plants installed near paths should have soft foliage but be sturdy enough to stand up to canine traffic.
It is our goal to design a great landscape that provides beauty while it caters to your pet and you. With a little bit of planning and forethought you will find more enjoyment and less aggravation. The plan should be an attractive harmony between your dog, your yard, and your lifestyle. It is our goal to provide a safe, comfortable environment for the dogs as well as an attractive space for plants and people. So call us. Let’s get started!