How To Make A Pet Friendly Yard

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You want your pets to be with you for many, many years. Maximize the odds by making your lawn as pet-safe as possible. The steps are simple, but they’re also simple to overlook.
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Is The Water Safe To Drink?

Avoid using chlorine tablets in small pools or fountains. It can raise the chlorine content to toxic levels. Try UV light to kill algae spores.
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Chemical Pesticides?

This should be automatic. Chemicals capable of killing insects are usually carcinogenic in pets. Look to companies like Espoma for pet-safe, natural pesticides.
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Got Shade?

Your pets need protective shade even more than you do, since they don’t sweat.
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Compost Pile

Material that’s decomposing can be host to all sorts of toxic substances – mold, for instance.
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Cocoa Mulch

It WOULD be the best-looking of all mulches. Sad to say, cocoa mulch contains theobromine, which is potentially lethal to pets.
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Are The Plants Safe?

Plants like daffodils are beautiful to behold, but they’re toxic to your pets.
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Trees Drop Seeds Or Berries?

Pets have NO sense. They can choke on a cherry pit before you know it. Keep your lawn frequently-raked.
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Put Away Garden Tools

This is especially needed if you have one of those dogs that just goes crazy and starts running all over the yard. Or a cat who disagrees with how you trim your hedges.
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Snail Or Slug Bait

Again: toxic if ingested. And your pets don’t know better.
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Pool Escape Route

Remember, even just a foot of water can be too much of a barrier for cats and smaller dogs.
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