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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

3 Landscaping Tips For Dog Owners

by Eugene Jones

If you have a dog, you know that your lawn doesn't just belong to you; it also belongs to your dog. You need to make sure that you provide a safe, fun environment that you can both enjoy. Here are some tips to help you design a lawn for you and your dog.

Install a Sandbox

To discourage your dog from digging in the rest of your lawn, you might consider giving him a specific place to dig and hide treasures. A sandbox might be just the thing you need. Your dog will enjoy digging in the sand, and you can keep the sand contained by using paving stones, stacked bricks and other landscaping supplies that help you separate the sandbox from the rest of the lawn.

To get your dog interested in the sandbox for the first time, bury a few treats and toys in the sand. Lead him over and help him find what you've buried, and he is likely to keep looking for more treasures.

Avoid Planting Plants that are Not Good for Your Dog

When you're thinking of planting flowers and shrubs, you should already know that your dog will explore the area.Therefore, take care to avoid plants that are poisonous to dogs, such as lily of the valley, iris and foxglove.

Instead, stick to plants that are beneficial to your dog. Rosemary and lavender help repel fleas, and your dog will be in heaven if you plant strawberries and blueberries that can be eaten. You might even think about plants that discourage urination, such as Burkwood osmanthus and japanese spindle trees.

Stick with Dog Friendly Materials

You have to make sure that the materials and supplies you use in your lawn will not harm your dog.  Be sure to use materials and supplies that won't get caught in your dog's coat or stuck in his paws. For instance, use hardwood mulch instead of cocoa mulch. You may like how the cocoa mulch looks, but it contains some of the same chemicals that are in chocolate, which is poisonous to dogs.

Give the suggestions in this article a try, and see how your dog responds. You may see that you can both enjoy the lawn without worrying that he's going where he shouldn't. Talk to local landscapers like Bopst Trucking to determine which landscaping supplies you need, so you can make your lawn into a great place for you and your dog.