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Pet-Friendly Gardens for Your Big Rapids Rental Property

Adorable Cat and Dog Relaxing in a Pet-Friendly GardenIf your tenants are to be permitted to have pets, it’s vital to make sure that your Big Rapids rental property is just as safe for animals as it is for humans. Creating a pet-friendly garden need not be costly or difficult. 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.  Even though your garden may not be fully pet-proof from those determined diggers, but there other ways to achieve a safe and durable garden space in your rental property.

Designing a pet-friendly garden entails thorough research on what kinds of plants to plant, making sure that your pets are safe. There are plenty of plants that 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. Since some plants are not good for pets, it would be a good idea to go over the existing plants on your property so that you can draft an inventory of which ones to keep and which ones might be toxic. If some are toxic, remove the entire plant and root structure. Do not use chemicals or poisons on the plants, as these can harm pets as well.

Draft out a list of plants that you want to have in your garden. Afterward, you can start 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. At last, a couple of inexpensive or decorative fencing can encourage pets to use certain areas of the yard while keeping them away from others.

There are diverse kinds of deterrents that include adding specific varieties of spices and pungent plants with smells that pets don’t like. For instance, 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. Some dogs and cats keep away from this plant because of its overpowering smell. 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. Even though the tenant’s pets may not have unsupervised access to the garden, it would be better to err on the side of caution. In selecting non-toxic varieties of both fertilizer and mulch, you can contribute to creating a pet-safe garden that your tenant will love.

A bit of organizing and planning can go a long way in designing a beautiful garden that is as alluring as it is safe to withstand the ordinary activities of household pets.

Let our team of Big Rapids property managers at Real Property Management Investment Solutions help you in making sure that your tenants will be delighted with a pet-friendly garden in their homes.  Feel free to contact us online or by phone at 616-419-4578. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.

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