Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dogs and Plants: What's Safe for Them?

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko

Garden Fencing

has Separated My Dogs from

Some of their Favorite Places to Explore

Why did I put garden fencing in some areas of my yard? No, it wasn't to make it difficult to trim the bushes or weed the gardens. Clearly, that has been one of the results, though. My main concern and reason for this action is the safety of my stick chewers and flower eaters, namely Oliver and Tanner. I guess Xena is just standing up for them as she howls at me in the above photo.

Tanner and Oliver are like vacuum cleaners. They will eat almost anything they can get in their mouths. That's, of course, much easier for Tanner, being a large Golden Retriever. Oliver's mouth is so small, he is left with flowers and small pieces of mulch. Nevertheless, there are dangers for both.

With Spring here, my Caladiums have appeared, and it seems they're on the list of less-than-healthy snacks for my pups. So once again, I've had to bring out the heavy artillery--lightweight garden fencing that can easily be pressed into the ground to keep the pups at bay. It seems to do the trick. Not that they can't get to the plants if they really want to, but I guess it comes down to being more trouble than it's worth. They've been leaving the Caladiums alone, as well as the Azaleas in the photo of Xena.

I love Spring's bulb flowers, even though here in central Florida we don't have much luck with Daffodils or Tulips. Caladiums are beautiful and easy to manage in shady areas, requiring little maintenance.

If you have dogs, and with them concerns about plants that are safe for them to nibble on, check out the Humane Society of the United States for more information.

Speaking of favorite places to play, my latest post on the Central Florida Green Guide just came out. If you're interested in learning more about making use of our dog parks for some green family fun, stop in at the link for the third of my 3 part series. The links to all 3 are at the bottom of the blog. Just scroll down. See you at the park!

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