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Pet-Friendly Landscaping to Update Outdoor Spaces

Homeowners don’t have to sacrifice their nice lawn just because they have pets. While dogs and cats can wreak havoc on outdoor spaces, there are several ways homeowners can make their exteriors more pet-friendly and still beautiful. You can help these customers achieve a safe space by educating them on pet-safe landscaping and selling them outdoor products that are appropriate for pets. 

1). Choose the right type of grass. Dog urine contains nitrogen and salt that causes discoloration and can create burn spots in some types of grass. A Bermuda grass like Scotts® Turf Builder® Grass Seed Bermudagrass holds up well in warm-weather climates. For cool-weather areas, Scotts® Turf Builder® Grass Seed Tall Fescue Mix is a hardy option. 

2). Avoid poisonous plants. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides a list on its website of all the plants, bushes and flowers that are toxic for pets, as well as a list of safe options. Use this list to label the landscaping you sell so customers know what’s pet-safe. 

3). Provide a spot for shade and shelter. Even pets who are only outside part of the time need a space where they can sit in the shade and get out of the elements. The Trixie natura Cottage Dog House provides protection against sun, snow, rain and wind and has a removable floor for easy cleaning. 

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey Thompson
Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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