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Pet-Friendly Gardens for Your Prairieville Rental Property

Adorable Cat and Dog Relaxing in a Pet-Friendly GardenIf your tenants are to be permitted to have pets, it’s vital to make sure that your Prairieville rental property is just as safe for animals as it is for humans. Creating a pet-friendly garden need not be costly or difficult. It requires, however, careful planning. One way to boost your single-family property’s appeal is to design a wonderful garden that makes the space conducive for tenants with pets. Though it’s quite impossible to completely pet-proof your garden — not when you have determined diggers around — there are other steps towards a safe and durable garden space in your rental property.

At the onset of your plans for building a pet-friendly garden, spend a good amount of time learning about which plants are good for pets and which ones aren’t. There are plenty of plants that are poisonous for dogs, cats, and other pets, so choosing safe plants is a good idea in case your tenant’s pet decides to take a bite. Any existing plants on the property should be taken into account to determine which of them might be toxic. If some are toxic, remove the entire plant and root structure. Do not use chemicals or poisons on the plants, as these can harm pets as well.

After gathering the initial details of the plants you want to include in your garden, proceed to outline the area that you want to utilize. Pet-friendly gardens often use features like sturdy border plants, planting containers, raised beds, and fences to control which parts of the yard the pet will be able to access. Using large, sturdy plants as a barrier around more delicate plants can help keep pets from trampling and urinating in places you don’t want them to. Container gardening, especially hanging baskets and railing planters can help place garden plants out of reach. And then, there are several inexpensive or decorative fencing that may encourage pets to use certain areas of the yard while keeping them away from others.

Various forms of deterrents integrate the addition of specific varieties of spices and pungent plants with smells that pets don’t like. Such as, rosemary, sage, and bitter orange plants may keep a curious dog away due to their strong odor. Some experts recommend planting Coleus Canina, sometimes called Dogbane, in areas where pets aren’t wanted. Because of its overpowering smell that most cats and dogs don’t like, this plant can keep pets away from a certain area. However, the scent is barely noticeable to humans.

Lastly, it is essential to examine what type of fertilizer you are using on your plants. Many varieties of fertilizer and even mulch can be harmful to household pets. And should your tenant’s pets have unsupervised access to the garden, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. In deciding to choose non-toxic varieties of both fertilizer and mulch, you can help in facilitating to create a pet-safe garden that your tenant will love.

It is quite possible to design a beautiful garden that can safely withstand the ordinary activities of household pets. All it takes is a plan and a will to carry it out.

Let our team of Prairieville property managers at Real Property Management Baton Rouge help you in making sure that your tenants will be delighted with a pet-friendly garden in their homes.  Feel free to contact us online or by phone at 225-389-6860. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.

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