Gardening with Dogs Part III
I know you have been anticipating the last part of Gardening with dogs as you can’t wait to see my suggestions on how to stop your four-legged friend from digging holes all over your garden, as well as putting an end on the games in your garden water features. So without further ado, here is the last part of the solutions foe the top 5 gardening issues related to having dogs:
How to put a stop to the hole-digging in your garden?
If you have dogs, it is inevitable to face the problem with hole-digging. The nature of your four-legged friend demands from it to do it. As usual, the older your dog gets the less fascinated it is with the process. However, when you have a puppy or an over-active dog, you will feel quite challenged to maintain your garden while finding a new hole every day. For some reason, there never seems to be enough dirt to cover it – one of Murphy’s laws, I guess.
Once again, the best way to deal with the unwanted activity is not to allow your furry friend outside unsupervised. The second most effective method is catching it on the spot, and scolding it. Nevertheless, in some cases you will be forced to accept the inevitable – you WILL have holes in your garden, and all you can do is make peace with it, and give your best to cover them up.
One way to cope with the emerging holes is to cover them up with wire, rocks or trellis. It is a short term solution that will only send a pro-active mud looking for easier pickings. Still, it will stop the hole from growing, and you can fill it once again. Luckily, over the years your pet will grow out of that habit or at least do it less frequently, so you need to go through the first few years. Afterwards, the dog will probably pick a secluded spot to do it, and you can easily mask the place with some cascading plants, so no one but you will know it is even there.
How to stop your dog from playing in and drinking from the water features?
Gardening with dogs is tricky on many levels but mostly when you need to protect expensive garden accessories like a fish pond or a fountain. Especially here in Australia, there is no way you can add a water feature, and not have your four-legged pal take a bath or a sip from it once the heat wave hits your area.
Experts from Cleaning at Northcote suggest simply adding a separate pool for the dogs in an out-of-the-way, somewhat secluded area. A small hard plastic pool should do the trick, provided that you keep the water in it clean and fresh, your pet will prefer it to the fish- and plant-inhabited pond or a steam. Furthermore, it is easy-to-clean and remove, in case you want your garden to look more presentable for guests.
No matter how challenging gardening with dogs might be, it is always rewarding to have a pet accompany you when you work outdoors, or simply play with your furry friend. Even better, in my opinion, the daily provocation of coping with your dog’s new mischiefs that keeps things interesting and your innovative thinking going.