8 tips for keeping your garden safe from your pets

How to Pet-Proof Your Garden

As much as we love our dogs and cats, it can often be a nightmare maintaining a garden with them around. Whether they are digging up your lawn, lying in your flowerbeds or eating your plants, these 8 simple tips will help keep your garden and your animals safe.

Cordon off areas with chicken wire

You can use chicken wire to create a semi-permanent barrier around flowerbeds and other areas you want to protect. It’s lightweight and flexible, so you can just roll it out of the way when you need to work, then put it back in place when you’re done.

Give your dog a play area

Create a designated play area where your dog can run around, dig and do what they like. You could dig out a sand pit and put your dog’s favourite toys in there.

Know which fertilisers to use

If you plan to use fertiliser in your garden, do your research and make sure it’s safe for pets. Non-toxic fertilisers include manure, seaweed and compost.

Avoid toxic plants

Many common plants and flowers can be harmful if eaten by animals. See our list of 12 houseplants that are poisonous to pets.

Get a pet house

Protect your pet from the elements and give them somewhere to relax. Experts suggest that a pet house should be about 25% longer and wider than your animal.

Stick to pet-friendly furniture

When purchasing garden furniture keep your pets in mind. If you are buying wooden furniture, make sure the wood preservative agents don’t contain harmful substances such as arsenic. Garden Furniture Land’s products use Tanalith E, which is generally safe for pets.

Be careful with bird feeders

Bird feeders are okay, but the build-up of bird droppings underneath them can contain dangerous bacteria. Keep your pets away by using strategically placed plants.


A well-placed stone or gravel path will help to dry off your dog’s muddy paws before they make it into the house. Cedar chips are also useful for protecting your cat from fleas.


The infographic below comes courtesy of homeadvisor.com. Click on the image to view the full-size version.

How to pet-proof your garden (infographic)


  • Patrick says:

    Excellent article.

    Teaching a dog what he/she can or can’t do is ongoing process and giving him/her enough personal space is of utmost importance.

    Also, garden plants that can harm the dog or other pets must be kept away, especially edible fruits like grapes and similar ..

  • Sara says:

    Great post! I think this will be very useful for me because I love my dog Shady and my beautiful gardens too, but sometimes it seems the two don’t mix well.

  • daisy D says:

    My pet loves playing in the garden. These tips are really useful for me. Creating a pet friendly garden and using the appropriate furniture is the best way to maintain our gardens. Thanks for sharing this post.

  • Olivia Wiliams says:

    Awesome post! I put some many hours in my garden to make it beautiful and now I can keep it that way.
    Thank you!

  • I have a really cute cat named Katie! I becomes very difficult for me to handle her. But, this post has really helped me a lot.

  • Thanks for sharing some remarkable idea. As a pet owner, I always try to conscious about my pet care and my garden too. I believe these type of idea will help me a lot.

  • I couldn’t agree more. These tips would definitely help not just your garden but also your pets that can actually harm them if anything gets worse. I appreciate this good read, thank you for sharing this! 🙂

  • Reba says:

    The point on getting pet friendly furniture is so important. Most people randomly purchase chairs for their gardens without considering that their pet will also spend time there. this was a really beautifully written post. very useful tips. Thank you.

  • Wonderful infographic and article! I opt on getting or making a pet house to keep them relaxed and occupied rather on chewing on our furniture. Right now, it actually seems impractical to replace all our furniture with pet friendly ones. :\ Anyhow, great read! Thanks for this!

  • My pet loves playing in the garden. These tips are really useful for me. Creating a pet friendly garden and using the appropriate furniture is the best way to maintain our gardens. Thanks for sharing this post.

  • Wow! Thanks for these tips! I didn’t even think about bird poop making dogs sick! Thanks for showing which plants and fertilizers are safe.

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