As of Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Doggone! Your pooch could use a nice yard to romp about in this summer. What do you need to know to make your backyard a safe spot for roam, play and rest?
Check your landscaping and remove or avoid plants that may be toxic. Dogs may not avoid plants that are toxic to them — many will eat plants that are not safe for consumption. Among the common toxic plants for dogs include carnations, chrysanthemums, daffodils, hostas, ivy, lilies, morning glories, tomatoes, and tulips.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website, www.aspca.org, has a complete list of nontoxic and toxic plants for dogs. The ASPCA also advises owners who believe their animal is ill or ingested a poisonous substance to contact their local vet or the APCC 24-hour emergency poison hotline at 1-888-426-4435.
What else can you do with planting?
Plant placement provides dogs boundaries. Place these close together to designate off-limits areas and train your dog to avoid them.
Summer’s sun needs shady spots. A doghouse provides shelter from sun and heat, but trees and bushes set up shady areas in different areas throughout the day, reducing yard wear and tear.
What about the grass? When the weather starts warming up, grass growth gets in gear. Start your lawn care in feeding, aeration and mowing as soon as it needs it.
Need supplies? Advice? Our staff is ready to assist you at Green Acres Nursery in Grangeville, 208-983-0355, www.lindsleysgreenacres.com, and like us on Facebook.