article: Pets and your Pond Plants
Pets and your Pond Plants
Pets are a part of your life, just as pets are a very important portion of your
life. If you are living with pets in and around your garden, in this article I
am going to tell you a bit about how to protect your pet, and your garden from
your pets at the same time!
Cats and dogs love to explore, and this is going to include your gardens. From
the first day that you build a new garden, or when you bring your pet home, you
will want to train your pet to keep from digging, scratching, eating and from
peeing in your garden. While this may be easier said than done, you can
constantly tell your pet no from the start, and then give them a quick squirt of
water to prevent them from wanting to go in your garden again.
To keep pets from entering your gardens, there are ‘special’ plants that will
keep them from wanting to be in your garden, just as there are some plants that
will attract pets. For example, using plants that have thorns or that are taller
than the pet, your pet is not going to be attracted to the garden. Catnip, and
marigolds seem to attract more pets than not.
If you have cats, one plant that is going to attract your cat to a certain area
of the garden is thyme. Thyme gives cats something to look forward to, and often
they will enjoy sleeping on it, playing in it, and thyme is going to make your
little kitty smell great too. Planting thyme in one area of your garden or along
side a garden where you don’t mind if your cat plays, is going to prevent your
cat from entering other gardens or portions of your gardens that you are more
Perhaps you have a pet that is a little different than most, always attracted to
your gardens no matter what you do. One option that you have is a fence of some
type, and another is that you might want to create a garden that this pet can
play and roam in while concentrating on another garden elsewhere in your
landscape. If you have a pet that is a ‘little different’ such as a snake, a
chicken or a rabbit, you might want to consider what they are really looking for
in your garden, such as bugs, food, and plants that they eat.
If you have plants that are prone to being trampled on by your pets, consider
using trellis’s and cages to protect these plants. Once your cat or dog finds
that this is not a pathway that they can knock out your plants and continue
walking they will find another pathway that is a bit easier for them to access
all the time and your plants are a bit more protected than before.
(note: they also love to eat water hyacinths)