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Pet Proof Your Potted Garden


Pet's and the outdoors. There is nothing more fun!  However, if your pet spends a lot of time outside you may want to consider these few tips to help keep them safe and your potted plants healthy.

1.  Make your own potted plant fertilizer.  If it is not safe for animals it can burn their paws when they try to dig.  Make your own from kitchen scraps like egg shells, coffee grounds, citrus peels.  Look it up online and see many recipes.

2.  Try natural pest control.  I use lemon juice in a spray bottle on my potted flower and it keeps the bugs away and isn't harmful to my dog.  You can use essential oil, or dish soap to make other formulas.

3.  Keep and standing water covered.  Mosquitoes tend to lay eggs in water and your pet may think the drainage saucer under your potted flowers is for them.  Either dump it out, let them dry out or put a net over the water so your animals won't be tempted.

4.  Make sure your plants and flowers are pet safe. Talk to your local garden center or nursery to make sure that what you pot not only looks lovely but is safe.  You can go online to get a complete list.

5.  Lastly you don't want any broken pots with sharp edges, wooden window boxes with splinters or anything that car hurt a pet who just wants a sniff.  Check your planters at the start of each season.
So, when potting your patio or backyard this year, keep these safety tips in mind.  This way the garden is enjoyable for everyone in the family!
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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 4:17:30 PM 

Pet Friendly Plants

Many of us humans simply love gardening and planting pottery.  We also love our furry little friends.  However, the two do not always go hand in hand.  Some dogs see potted plants as a green snack and can become sick or worse if they eat them.  Luckily there are plenty of pet friendly tips and plants that can help create pet plant harmony.

Sniff around..... Before you plant anything into your garden pottery do some research and learn which plants may be toxic to your dog or cat.  For example, azaleas can cause stomach and abdominal pain in your pet, while water hemlock can cause convulsions, seizures and even death. Fortunately, not all pet enemies. There are hundreds of plants, like blue eyed daisies and Jasmine, which not only are non toxic, but full of color and beauty!

Drink Responsibly.....  When watering potted plants, make sure you keep them in a place that is far away from your canine or feline.  If possible, try to avoid using chemicals or pesticides in your water.  Your little friends might be tempted to sneak a drink from the flower pot's saucer and end up in the vet's office or even worse.

Who let the dogs out..... Make sure your dog or cat is safe in your yard by having a fenced area.  The only thing worse than your pet doing their own gardening is your pet redecorating someone else's.  Not only is it embarrassing to explain to your neighbor why his or her potted tomatoes are missing, but you do not know what kind of toxic plants they may have or what kinds of chemicals they may use.
Follow these simple steps, and your pets and your potted plants can have a happy co-existence.
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 12:10:37 PM 

Stop Animals From Nibbling Your Planters

The very first thing you need to do is find out who or what is eating on the potted plants.  Many critters come into your yard or garden area at night or early in the morning, so this is the best time to be on watch.  If you think it may even be your beloved pets, there are steps that you can take to discourage them from continuing.  You can find digging holes or nibbled leaves.  Either way you need to do something about it!


Birds:  Mostly birds are a added bonus to your garden and something that you try to attract with a bird bath, feeder or house.  They love to eat on garden pests and insects which is also beneficial but, some will eat newly planted seeds or seedlings.  The most humane way to protect that from happening is to cover the top of the pot with chicken wire.  Once the plants start to grow birds tend to back off and not go for them as much.  Of course the main exception is if you grow your own fruit.  If the fruit bushes are potted you can cover them with netting materials found at most garden centers.

Cats & Dogs:  Unfortunately outside pets tend to use larger containers as potty spots, especially cats.  If the soil you use is aromatic with fertilizers dogs will dig in them.  We suggest using chicken wire again or some repellent sprays available on the market.  Covering the soil with rocks or decorative glass will stop cats because they don't like the feel but dogs don't seem to mind digging in them.


Deer:  These types of animals have become accustomed to humans being around so they are entering more backyards and garden areas.  Of course the best way to stop them is with a tall fence or spraying with repellents that are available on the market.  Make sure if you use a repellent on a pot that is close to the house - it isn't one that smells bad.

Rabbits:  They like to nibble on many types of plant materials so the best thing to do is to use a chicken wire cage over the plants that you can remove when you are in the backyard.  Try elevating your container so that they can't get to the plants to eat them.


Squirrels:  These little guys are really annoying because they love to dig in the loose potting soil mixes and bury their nuts.  They won't hesitate to uproot newly plants flowers or plants.  Once your plants become more established they will tend to stay away but until then go back to the chicken wire mesh or repellent sprays.

Post Last Updated: 1/5/2017 8:27:44 AM 

 Comments (1) Last comment made 
8/26/2011 2:02:40 PM 
Tom 8/26/2011 2:02:40 PM 
Great post! I have problems with pests and this was very helpful. Thanks and keep up that great work.

Pet-Friendly Potted Plants

Many people simply love gardening and working with exotic plant materials.  We also love having pets like cats & dogs.  But, unfortunately they don't always mix and can cause animals to be sick if they snack on un-friendly plants.  Here are some good tips on mixing pets with plants.


Begin with research.  It's best to know well in advance if a plant is toxic to your pet.  An example can be "Azalea" bushes, which are so colorful and popular this time of year.  They can cause stomach pain and abdominal pain for pets.  Or, "water hemlock" which causes convulsions, seizures and even death.  But don't despair.  There are hundreds of plants like blue eyed daisies and Jasmine that are not only non-toxic but colorful and bright.  Yard and garden centers have experienced staff that can answer questions about your concerns, so don't hesitate to ask.

When you pot a plant, try to make sure that the fertilizer is below surface level so it doesn't come in contact with your pets paws.   Don't use chemicals in your water supply either since pets might drink from the standing saucer water.  We carry a faux stone that you can cover the top of the soil with that keeps pets from digging.  check it out here.....


Don't let your pets out if you don't have fence to keep them safe.  You don't want your pets digging in a neighbors yard and making themselves sick.  They shouldn't be "gardening" in a neighbors flower beds either.  Many pesticides a neighbor may use can be harmful to your animal so plan ahead and keep them safe, for their own protection.

Post Last Updated: 1/5/2017 9:20:45 AM 

Do you have this problem?

Cats are notorious potted plant-eaters.  How can we indulge our love of healthy indoor greenery while responsibly keeping a pet cat?  It's important that you take the necessary steps to prevent your cats from eating houseplants, not just because you don't want the plants to die, but primarily because many common houseplants are toxic to cats!

Teaching your cats to avoid houseplants can be a matter of survival.

First  - you need to consult a list of toxic houseplants to see if you have any in your home.  If you insist on keeping a toxic plant try hanging it or put it in an inaccessible window sill.  Make sure it doesn't drop leaves where a cat can eat them.


Secondly - make sure your cat's diet is sufficient and they are not lacking in fiber, vitamins etc. 

Next - look for ways to train your pet not to approach the plant.  Try spraying with water when he goes for the plant.  Unfortunately, you are not always there so you can try to make the plant smell or taste repulsive to your pet.  Use both smell and taste repellents like hot sauce, chili oil and vinegar.  The best part of this is the assurance that it will still work when you are not present.


Lastly - make sure the problem isn't emotional.  Like all of us, cats can respond to stress or emotional strain by acting out in a variety of ways.  Examine the living conditions.  If you detect any potential source, like other cats, new baby in the house, being neglected or lonely - try to neutralize it.  Do whatever it takes!


Though the disciplinary methods enjoy some success, no one really enjoys disciplining their furry friends.  And besides, it hardly seems fair to spray your kitty with water if his behavior is a result of dietary needs.  So buy a cat garden and spend more quality time with your cat before resorting to the unpleasant discipline actions.

With a little thought and patience, you can figure out why your sweet pet is eating houseplants and put an end to it

Post Last Updated: 1/10/2017 1:00:58 PM 

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