Summer is almost here, and if you’re making grand plans to spend time in your backyard, you need to start getting it in ship-shape. There are always plenty of jobs that can be done in your backyard, but one of the most important is pet-proofing it. Whether you have cats, dogs, chickens or anything else, your pets’ safety when outside is important.
Need some help getting started? Here are some tips for pet-proofing your backyard for summer.
Secure the premises
The first thing you need to do to make your garden safe for pets is to check that all of your fencing is intact. This means going around and checking every panel to see if there are any damaged or loose panels, identifying gaps and putting everything right. You should also check the security of your gates and other doors in your backyard as the slightest weakness could open a door with an excited pooch coming at it! Even small gaps should be covered up – you never know what animals will try to get in from the other side.
Clear up any hazards
Your backyard has the potential to hold all kinds of hazards to your pets. From debris and equipment that can easily cause injury to pots and items that are easily knocked over, make sure you clear up and clear out anything that could be a hazard. Remember to do spot checks around your outdoor space, especially after entertaining – a stray glass bottle could easily lead to an injury for your pets.
Treat the lawn
Pets are inquisitive, especially in the garden where there are all kinds of new smells and other life to explore. But all of this exploration means that your pets could be at risk of picking up fleas, ticks and more – causing misery for both them and you. Stopa Landscaping & Tick Control can help keep your backyard pest-free, making you feel better when your pets go out to play. This should be a regular part of your backyard maintenance, so don’t leave this job off your to-do list.
Choose your plants carefully
While artificial hazards can cause several problems for your pests, there are some natural dangers that you also need to be wary of. Not all plants are pet-friendly, and curious cats and rummaging rabbits can soon find themselves getting sick if they encounter the wrong kind of plant. Many of the plants you might think are harmless might not be, so take the opportunity to educate yourself. Familiarize yourself with the best and worst flowers to plant for a pet-friendly garden and keep your animals safe when they’re outside.
Your pets deserve to enjoy themselves as much as you do, so it’s important to create a safe outdoor environment for them. Pets can be unpredictable and curious, so even the most well-behaved of pets can find themselves getting into trouble in the backyard! Don’t take any chances, get your garden pet-proofed for the summer so that the whole family can enjoy some fun in the sun.