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Top Safe Garden Plants for Pets

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Adding garden plants to your yard can be an enjoyable endeavor, but pet owners should take care to ensure their plants are just as safe as they are beautiful. Don’t worry, though! The good news is that you can still enjoy beautiful garden plants without harming your furry friends. Here are the best safe garden plants for pets that will also add color, beauty, and fun to your yard.

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The Best Plants for Pets

There are countless plants which are safe for pets and even more which are not. That considered, these are the best plants where pets can safely cohabit your garden and, in some cases, enjoy a little nibble or pleasant aromas right alongside you.

Windmill palms are a great choice for harsh environments and those seeking low maintenance plants. This hearty palm tree grows well in pots or the ground and can thrive in even more harsh climates and conditions.

Petunias are great for hanging pots, baskets, or plant bedding and come in a variety of colors. Spider plants can grow indoors all year long. They make great additions to indoor garden plants and require very little upkeep. Purple basil brings a beautiful wash of color to any garden. The plant is also edible and quite tasty! The leaves make a lovely hued pesto and dogs can safely enjoy them as well.

Lavender has a wonderful soothing effect for both people and animals. The aroma is calming, and the beautiful lilac color brightens everyone’s day. Drought tolerant annuals, African daisies are available in a plethora of colors. They are especially beautiful pops of color during the summer months and do well in areas with lots of sunlight.

Snapdragons are another beautiful addition to any garden or container plants you may want to add to your home. There are multiple colors to choose from when it comes to Snapdragons and they are perfectly safe for pets!

Rosemary is great for culinary use and non-toxic for pets as well. It’s a particularly great idea to use Creeping Rosemary to cover empty spaces in your yard with lush color and greenery.

Marigold, Pineapple Sage, and Impatiens are also wonderful garden plants to add to your collection. Specifically, Impatiens, are vibrantly colored flowers ideal for bedding or hanging pots or baskets. Other pet friendly plants include sunflowers, roses, jasmine, bamboo, and countless others.

Plants to Be Wary Of:

Lily has been shown to be toxic to cats and some varieties are best avoided, but a few varieties may be safe for dogs.

● Typical begonias are toxic to both dogs and cats. Some varieties, however, are NOT toxic and these include the Peace Begonia, Metallic Leaf Begonia, Mapleleaf Begonia, and various others. Take care when using them in your garden to ensure you pick a non-toxic variety.

● Popular in the springtime, Easter season hyacinths are poisonous to both dogs and cats. Summer, Wild and Grape Hyacinths, however, are NOT toxic and would be okay to utilize.

Plants to Avoid Entirely:

● Chrysanthemum

● Azalea

● Morning Glory

● Rhododendron

● Wisteria

● Tulip

● Daffodil

● Sweet Pea

● Hydrangea

● Aloe Vera

● Calla Lillies

● Foxglove

● Larkspur

● Yew

Now that you are armed with lots of pet-safe garden plant options, it’s time to get started on bringing your garden or lawn vision to life! To design and care for the perfect, pet-friendly backyard oasis, contact Lawnscape for assistance today!

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How to Keep Your Garden Alive While Traveling

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If you have spent the great deal of time, money, and care to tend to your garden, the idea of traveling can be a source of stress. If you’re traveling for a long period of time, it may be just one more thing you have to make sure is properly taken care of, in addition to a number of other things (e.g. pets, mail, newspaper, children, bills, etc.). For more information on professional lawn service in Los Angeles, consult Lawnscape for a wide family of seasonal tips and lawn care service to ensure the grass is always greener on your lawn.

Below are some tips for keeping your beloved garden alive while you are away.

Water Well Right Before You Leave

This one seems obvious, but if you are only leaving for a few days or up to a week, an easy way to ensure that your plants will survive the time that you are away is to make sure that you water all of your plants well before you leave. This should hold most plants over until you return and then water them again when you get back.

Add Mulch

By adding mulch to your garden bed, you can help keep your plants hydrated. Mulched plans lose up to 25% less water than plants without mulch. By adding mulch, and making sure to not add so much that the crown of the plant is buried, you can help keep the soil cool and moist longer.

Get a Water Timer

There are timers that you can use with your regular garden sprinkler. Using a timer, you can ensure that your garden gets watered for a certain period of time on certain days. You may wish to test out the timed sprinkler system to ensure that you properly set it up. Also, depending on the layout of your garden, you may require more than one sprinkler and/or some connector hoses. This tip works well with the next tip, which is…

Bring Flowering Containers to the Water

If you have potted plants or planting containers, by bringing the flowering containers all together where they can be watered, you can better ensure that all of your plants get properly watered while you are away. Even if you don’t have a sprinkler system, this tip may still be helpful if you are having someone come by to water your plants for you and making it easier for them to tend to your plants and ensure that no plant goes unwatered.

Hire Someone to Help

Last, but not least, find someone that you can hire to help you tend to your garden while you are away. If you are worried about your garden getting the TLC that you know it needs, be very specific on the frequency they need to come by and what exactly you need them to do. Write detailed instructions for them, if necessary. You may have other needs at your home that need attention, so you may be able to hire or ask someone you know (neighbor, friend, or relative) to help you while you are away.

Think Long-Term from the Start

It is helpful to think long-term or “big picture” about your lifestyle as you begin to set out to plant your garden. If you know that you may be away often, you may wish to rethink either the kinds of plants you will have in your garden or what kind of irrigation systems you may want to have built while you’re designing your garden. There are options for weather resistant plants or watering systems that will make traveling and being away a much easier, stress-free experience.

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