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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Landscaping Ideas For Dog Owners

by Eugene Jones

If you are working up to a landscaping project, it is important to incorporate your daily life and routine into your plans. If your dog is all about being outside, they should get a vote on how your yard is landscaped. Spending time with your family in the backyard or on the porch is a great way to unwind, and the family dog should be a part of this. Here are four landscaping ideas to incorporate into your yard planning to keep you and your dog happy.

1. Running Space for Dogs

Make sure that your dog is enticed by a sturdy area of the yard designed with their needs in mind. Room to run on a surface that is dog-friendly will keep your dog entertained and out of trouble. Pathways made out of gravel or mulch are better equipped for dogs than awkwardly placed stones or slippery tiles. Having access to fenced perimeters will keep your dog happy, as dogs tend to want to check out their surroundings.

2. Keeping Plants out of the Danger Zone

Put up planter boxes or borders to protect plants and flowers you might not necessarily want your dog to get into. Having sturdier plants surrounding your yard is fine, but you can also showcase a more delicate area of your yard away from your pet. A raised planter bed or low fenced in areas can keep your dog out of spaces you would like to keep maintained.

3. Home Base for Your Dog

Make sure that your dog has a place to relax and retreat from the elements when they are outside. A doghouse is great, but even covered areas under a pergola or awning, along with a place for water, works too. Rests between romps are important, so having a space for this will keep your dog happy

4. Picking Your Plants Wisely

If you dog gets into everything, your landscape might get munched regardless of your best efforts. If you can source sturdy plants with larger leaves, your dog is apt to do less damage. Stay away from plants that are toxic to pets since dogs and wandering cats might be curious and get themselves into trouble. A list of plants known to be toxic to pets can be found here so that you can plan with pets in mind.

When it comes to landscaping, don't invest in materials and plants that aren't going to be sturdy enough for your lifestyle. Your yard should be accessible and fun for everyone. Keep your dog's needs in mind when putting together your landscaping plan.  For the best results, work with an experienced landscaping company, like Futurescapes Inc.