Dog in garden

Pet Friendly Gardens

Most pet owners know how annoying it is when they find their plants trampled or a hole dug up in the back garden. Unfortunately, pets aren’t always perfect and can cause real damage to your garden. It’s important for every pet owner to make their garden as pet proof as possible. A pet friendly garden keeps both your pet and your garden safe and clean. Follow our tips below to get a pet friendly garden in no time.

Plant trees for shade

Pets can get much hotter in the sun due to their thick fur – that’s why it’s important to plant trees to provide somewhere shaded for them to relax. 

Not sure what trees to plant coming into Autumn? September is one of the best months to plant berrying broad leaved trees, such as the beautiful Malus tree. This vibrant tree will produce edible berries from September to early winter which is followed by bright colourful flowers in spring. 


If you haven’t got fencing in your garden yet, you should definitely look into it. This will prevent your pet from running away or running onto the roads. 

Avoid dangerous plants

Dogs are allergic to certain plants so it’s important to avoid planting anything that might harm them. Such plants include bluebells, foxglove, and more. 

Also avoid planting thorny plants – these can get stuck in your pets skin and hurt them.

Use raised beds or Vegepods

When dogs see mud or an exposed garden patch they go with their natural instinct – to dig! Dogs love digging which can cause quite a mess sometimes. That’s why using a raised garden bed is the best way to prevent your dog from destroying your plants and food. 

The Vegepod is a raised garden bed that’s perfect for pet owners as it’s impossible for an animal to get through the mesh cover. You can read more about the Vegepod here.

Protect your lawn

Dogs have a tendency to destroy lawns. To protect your lawn, ensure that you are using our 3 step process for the perfect lawn: Kill lawn moss with Zero Lawn Liquid, feed your lawn with Osmo and kill any weeds with DicopharThis will not only give your lawn a luscious green colour, it will also help to cover up any yellow stains left by your pets urine. 

Take care with chemicals

Make sure you keep your pets away from the garden if you’ve been using any harmful gardening chemicals. 

Ensure your compost heap is secure

The smell of food from a compost heap is sure to attract your pet. Make sure you have it secured to prevent your pet from digging around in it or eating it. The last thing you want is all your old food spread all over the garden!

Do you have any further questions? If so, just contact your local store where one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.