If you are a pet owner, you may feel like you have to choose between your pet and having a beautifully landscaped backyard. This is especially true for dog owners who worry about urine spots, digging, or even plant toxicity. At Precision Landscaping Corporation, we can design landscape elements that will suit your personal style as well as make accommodations to make sure your pets don’t make a mess of your yard.

Designing a Pet-Friendly Backyard

Consider Grass Alternatives

Unfortunately, dog urine and green grass do not mix. The contents of the urine leaves unsightly yellow or brown patches in your lawn and can ruin the look of your landscaping. However, because you likely want to keep the majority of your grass, we recommend installing a more dog-friendly ground cover in a small area and then training your dog to only urinate there. Some popular options are clover, synthetic turf, or stone. Choose a small area for your dog, perhaps on the side of your house, and keep the rest of your lawn looking great.

Beware of Plant Toxicity

Another thing to keep in mind when designing your landscaping is the plants and flowers you choose to use. Some plants can be poisonous if ingested by animals, so if you have a pet that’s prone to eating everything, make sure you are only planing dog-safe flowers and plants in your beds. The professionals at Precision Landscaping Corporation are familiar with a variety of plants and can help you select options that will be safe as well as attractive for your home.

Create Shade

The final element of a pet-friendly backyard is to make sure your pets have an area where they will be protected from the sun. Dogs love to sunbathe, but the harsh Cleveland summers could cause them to overheat if they aren’t able to find shade. Consider a concrete patio with a canopy that will feel nice and cool on your dog’s belly and give a relaxing place to rest after all that fetch.

At Precision Landscaping Corporation, we strive to create outdoor living spaces that every member of the family will enjoy. To start planning your pet-friendly backyard, contact us today at (440) 843-9500 to request a free estimate.