If your tenants are to be permitted to have pets, it’s vital to make sure that your Waldorf rental property is just as safe for animals as it is for humans. Creating a pet-friendly garden need not be costly or difficult. It requires, however, careful planning. A secure and flourishing garden can improve the attractiveness of most single-family rental properties, especially for tenants with pets. Creating a safe and durable garden space in your rental property is not at all impossible, even when you have pets that are determined diggers. It may not be fully pet-proof, but it will be your garden, nonetheless.
A key feature of growing a pet-friendly garden is to know what kind of plants you should include. Various plants are poisonous for dogs, cats, and other pets, so choosing safe plants is a good idea in case your tenant’s pet decides to take a bite. Any existing plants on the property should be taken into account to determine which of them might be toxic. If you find such plants, remove the entire plant and root structure. Do not use chemicals or poisons on the plants, as these can harm pets as well.
Draft out a list of plants that you want to have in your garden. Afterward, you can start designing the layout. Pet-friendly gardens often use features like sturdy border plants, planting containers, raised beds, and fences to control which parts of the yard the pet will be able to access. Using large, sturdy plants as a barrier around more delicate plants can help keep pets from trampling and urinating in places you don’t want them to. Container gardening, especially hanging baskets and railing planters can help place garden plants out of reach. Hence, several inexpensive or decorative fencing would encourage pets to use certain areas of the yard while keeping them away from others.
There are diverse kinds of deterrents that include adding specific varieties of spices and pungent plants with smells that pets don’t like. For instance, rosemary, sage, and bitter orange plants may keep a curious dog away due to their strong odor. Some experts recommend planting Coleus Canina, sometimes called Dogbane, in areas where pets aren’t wanted. This keeps them away since most cats and some dogs don’t fancy the overpowering smell of this plant. However, the scent is barely noticeable to humans.
For the final point, it is crucial to take into consideration what type of fertilizer you are using on your plants. Many varieties of fertilizer and even mulch can be harmful to household pets. Even though the tenant’s pets may not have unsupervised access to the garden, it would be better to err on the side of caution. In opting to pick non-toxic varieties of both fertilizer and mulch, you can help create a pet-safe garden that your tenant will love.
It doesn’t require much to design a beautiful garden that’s not only attractive but also one that can safely withstand the ordinary activities of household pets!
With our team of Waldorf property managers at Real Property Management Gold, you can rest easy knowing that tenants will be happy with a pet-friendly garden in their homes. Feel free to contact us online or by phone at 301-392-2172. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.
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