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8 Ways to Keep Your Pets Away from Your Garden


Because your fur babies and your green babies aren’t always good for each other. ​

Few things are more frustrating to a gardener than walking outside to find that one’s pet has taken a chunk out of several (nearly ripe! perfectly plump!) tomatoes. On the flip side, the pangs of guilt would be unbearable if your beloved pooch fell ill after innocently ingesting say, a daffodil or some sort of fertilizer. (Even natural fertilizers like cocoa bean mulch, which smells like chocolate to both humans and dogs, can cause vomiting, seizures and tremors if eaten by pets.) What’s an animal lover with a green thumb to do? Consult this handy infographic from HomeAdvisor of course, which illustrates and explains the following eight ways to “pet-proof” your garden:

1. Secure garden beds with chicken wire

2. Section off a play area

3. Carefully select fertilizer

4. Know what not to plant

5. Get a pet house

6. Stick to pet-friendly fabrics on patio furniture

7. Be wary of bird feeders

8. Pave your paths

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