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Pet-Friendly Gardens for Your Spring Rental Property

Adorable Cat and Dog Relaxing in a Pet-Friendly GardenIt is essential to guarantee that your Spring rental property is as safe for animals as it is for humans if you are to permit your tenants to have pets.  Building a pet-friendly garden does not have to be luxurious or tricky. Still, it will be necessary for you to develop a plan of action. A single-family rental property will attract tenants with pets if space comes with a blooming garden. Pet-proofing your garden can be extremely difficult when you have pets that are determined diggers. But, it’s not impossible to create a safe and durable garden space in your rental property.

Designing a pet-friendly garden entails thorough research on what kinds of plants to plant, making sure that your pets are safe. There are plenty of plants that 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. Does your property already have existing plants? Go through them carefully and list them down to see which ones might be toxic. If some are toxic, remove the entire plant and root structure. Do not use chemicals or poisons on the plants, as these can harm pets as well.

Before mapping out your garden space, start with determining which plants you want to include. 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. At last, a couple of inexpensive or decorative fencing can encourage pets to use certain areas of the yard while keeping them away from others.

Other varieties of deterrents add specific varieties of spices and pungent plants with smells that pets don’t like. Such as, 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. Some dogs and cats keep away from this plant because of its overpowering smell. However, the scent is barely noticeable to humans.

Lastly, it is essential to examine what type of fertilizer you are using on your plants. Many varieties of fertilizer and even mulch can be harmful to household pets. And should your tenant’s pets have unsupervised access to the garden, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. You can assist to create a pet-safe garden that your tenant will love by going for non-toxic varieties of both fertilizer and mulch.

Careful plotting can lead to a good and beautiful design of your garden — one that can safely withstand the ordinary activities of household pets.

We have a team of Spring property managers at Real Property Management Republic that are ready and capable of guaranteeing that tenants will be pleased with a pet-friendly garden in their homes.  If you want to know more about what we can do to serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 281-362-5001.

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