Gardening Tips for Dog Owners

Do you enjoy gardening? Many people really enjoy growing their own gardens. Our canine friends aren’t exactly known for having green thumbs, however, so dog owners may face a few additional challenges when planting and maintaining gardens. We are here to help! In this article, a local Wake Forest, NC vet offers some tips on gardening with dogs.

Choosing Plants

Many popular plants, such as daffodils and lilies, are actually toxic to dogs. Be sure to only choose plants that are safe for Fido. You can find a complete list of both safe and unsafe plants on the ASPCA website.


Creating borders around your plant beds can help stop your frisky pup from trampling your garden. You can use fences, low stone or brick walls, or driftwood to create boundaries. You can also plant thick, dense plants along the edges of your plant beds.

Protecting Your Plants

Box gardens are a great choice for gardeners with dogs. You may be surprised by how much produce you can get from a box garden! Container gardens and vertical gardens are also good options.


Incorporate paths for your canine buddy to run back and forth on while he’s on squirrel patrol. If you haven’t planted your garden yet, observe Fido in the yard before deciding where to put your plants. If your pooch likes to run back and forth in specific spots, work with him rather than against him by making paths that incorporate his pre-existing doggy highway.


Make sure your furry pal has plenty of entertainment options when he’s outdoors. If your dog likes to dig, make him a sandbox to bury toys and treats in. Also, take time to play with your pup every day. This will burn off Fido’s excess energy, so that after playtime is over, he’ll probably be more interested in sunbathing than in digging up your flowerbeds.

Ground Cover

Avoid using mulch for ground cover, as it’s dangerous for dogs. Fido could be seriously hurt if he tries to eat a piece of mulch! Mulch can also hide fleas and ticks, and can give your canine friend painful paw splinters. Cocoa mulch is especially dangerous, as it’s toxic to Man’s Best Friend.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your Wake Forest, NC animal clinic. We are here to help!

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