Your Greenfield rental property needs to be as safe for animals as it is for humans if you are going to grant your tenants permission to have pets. Making a pet-friendly garden is not something that should be extravagant or sophisticated. Still, it will be necessary for you to develop a plan of action. A secure and flourishing garden can improve the attractiveness of most single-family rental properties, especially for tenants with pets. Pet-proofing your garden can be extremely difficult when you have pets that are determined diggers. But, it’s not impossible to create a safe and durable garden space in your rental property.
A good place to start when planning a pet-friendly garden is the choice of plants — which ones work and which ones don’t. A lot of plants are poisonous for dogs, cats, and other pets, so choosing safe plants is a good idea in case your tenant’s pet decides to take a bite. If your property already has existing plants, inspect each one, making an inventory of which ones might be toxic. Make sure to remove the entire plant and root structure if you find any. Do not use chemicals or poisons on the plants, as these can harm pets as well.
After careful planning of which plants to include in your garden, move on towards designing the layout. Pet-friendly gardens often use features like sturdy border plants, planting containers, raised beds, and fences to control which parts of the yard the pet will be able to access. Using large, sturdy plants as a barrier around more delicate plants can help keep pets from trampling and urinating in places you don’t want them to. Container gardening, especially hanging baskets and railing planters can help place garden plants out of reach. Lastly, a few inexpensive or decorative fencing will encourage pets to use certain areas of the yard while keeping them away from others.
Other varieties of deterrents add specific varieties of spices and pungent plants with smells that pets don’t like. Like, rosemary, sage, and bitter orange plants may keep a curious dog away due to their strong odor. Some experts recommend planting Coleus Canina, sometimes called Dogbane, in areas where pets aren’t wanted. To ward the pets off, this plant has an overpowering smell that most cats and some dogs don’t like. However, the scent is barely noticeable to humans.
At last, it is significant to contemplate what type of fertilizer you are using on your plants. Many varieties of fertilizer and even mulch can be harmful to household pets. Although your tenant’s pets have unsupervised access to the garden, it’s best to err on the side of caution. You can assist to create a pet-safe garden that your tenant will love by going for non-toxic varieties of both fertilizer and mulch.
It doesn’t require much to design a beautiful garden that’s not only attractive but also one that can safely withstand the ordinary activities of household pets!
Allow our team of Greenfield property managers at Real Property Management Greater Milwaukee to assist you in making certain that tenants will be glad and happy with a pet-friendly garden in their homes. If you want to know more about what we can do to serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 262-309-6961.
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