Phew! My deadline is finally over and since I've been dealing with moving a lot of dirt on my project today's Bark and Bites theme of celebrating Water a Plant Day, seems more than appropriate! As a Landscape Architect for the Civil Engineering firm I work for I spend more time grading and designing storm drain layouts than I do picking out plants which seems odd for a LA but I love it. So, I've become my own client and started to experiment with hardscape ideas and plant materials in my own yard that will withstand the heavy feet of a Newfoundland and the curiosity of the Dachshunds.
There are a few good books on how to landscape with your dog in mind but I find that although they give out very practical, sound advice they really lack in the visual inspiration that you get from magazines such as Sunset, Garden Design, and my favorite- BBC's Gardens Illustrated. That's where Pinterest comes in! I've found that it is the best place to find garden and design ideas! I've made boards for myself and for my friend's house so she has an idea of what plants I'll be picking out for her dog yard! I have one Pinterest board on general Landscape Ideas and one specifically for Dogs In The Yard for inspiration so hope on over for some visual candy!
I'm planning on more blog posts this summer that go more in depth on designing your yard for you and your dogs which will include specific materials and plants, but for now here is a list of links so you can start compiling your own "garden mood" board for the future:
- ASPCA list of toxic and non-toxic plants. (I have to add that if you are composting do not let your dog have access to any of that material or leave piles of grass clippings around. Fertilizers and chemicals used on lawns can be toxic as well as decomposed materials from compost bins.)
- Don't forget that cocoa mulch is toxic to dogs also! More than chocolate!
- Pinterest Boards such as Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzMe's board (an old friend of mine who specializes in Integrated Pest Management), Nick McCullough, Drought Tolerant Full Board, Ingrid @ Houndstooth Gardens, and This Old House's Outdoor Living.
If you are a DIY kind of person here are some fun links for projects that you can do yourself:
- Lowe's video on how to install a dog door. (make sure it leads to a safe, secure, and closed in area)
- Build a sandbox for your digging dog.
- How to build a doghouse. (we do not recommend that your dog has a permanent home outside though. Who would snuggle with you under the covers then?)
- Recreate your own green roof dog house.
- Custom dog run idea here! Love the fence design!
- The best custom ramp if you have stairs leading off your deck. Very important for those long dogs! (Our ramp is similar to this one)
- Safe water feature to cool your dogs off in summer. (protect small dogs from the upper basin though) Although I'm sure Foyle would love this splashpad even more!
- Keep your dog cool on the patio with a misting system.
This is just the beginning of my list of landscape ideas to tell you about, but I have a long list of topics to cover. More than enough to fill a book! Hmmmm......
Elizabeth has a post full of fun gardening and landscaping links also so jump on over to My Life In Blog Years and click away!