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Have Puppies? Here's What You Need to Do in Your Backyard

If your family has recently adopted some puppies, you will probably want them to play outside as much as they can. The backyard can be a world of exploration for them, but you need to take some steps to make sure that they are safe from plants they shouldn't be around. Not only that, you need to guard against holes and dying plants as a result of the dog activities in the yard. Here's what you can do to make your backyard a safe and beautiful place for you and your puppies.

Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

You may be unaware of this, but your backyard might be teeming with plants that could make your puppies vomit or become ill. Some popular plants that may be toxic for dogs include eucalyptus, basil, daffodils, and certain varieties of lilies. If there are plants that you know to be dangerous for your puppies, you may want to remove the plants from the yard before the puppies get sick.

Plant Urine-Resistant Bushes

After all the work of getting rid of plants that aren't good for your puppies, it's time to beautify the yard with some new plants. However, the new plants should be urine resistant so that they aren't destroyed by the dogs. Dog urine contains chemicals, including ammonia, that can lead to wilting leaves and a unattractive yard. Seek out japanese spindle trees, sword ferns, and other kinds of plants with leaves that can withstand urine over time.

Make a Sandbox

One of the biggest threats to the beauty of your backyard is a curious puppy who digs holes. If you've got more than one puppy, you might have holes all over the yard if you aren't careful. To prevent that, you can take a section of the yard and create a sandbox for the puppies. All you need to make one is a few bricks or wood planks and some sand. Once you've stacked the bricks or hammered the planks into the ground, fill the area with sand.

To get the puppies interested in the sandbox, let them watch you hide treats and toys in the area. For the first few days, you may want to keep hiding treats; they will soon lose interest in the rest of the yard. If they attempt to dig in the grass after that, simply direct them to the sandbox.

When you pay attention to the ideas listed above, you can feel better about letting your puppies frolic in the backyard. Be sure to consult a landscaper in your area, such as L & L Excavation & Landscaping, for more suggestions.

About Me

New Landscape Makes a Yard Feel New Again

Hi. My name is Martha. My husband Leo and I are empty nesters. The last of our three kids moved out of the home about eight years ago. Since that time, we have talked a great deal about retirement and what we wanted to do with our house. The house is slightly too large for just the two of us, but we already have two grandchildren and from the way our kids talk, we are in for plenty more. We have decided to stay in our home since it has plenty of room for our family to come and stay with us from time to time. The one thing we really wanted to change is the backyard. Leo retired last year, and I’ll be retiring in about six months. We are already talking with the landscape contractor, and I’m excited to share some of our plans with you!


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