Most people focus on the making their front yard look spectacular for curb appeal reasons. However, what about the backyard? Some will focus on designing it for themselves, while others will put someone else's needs in front of their own, such as a four-legged furry friend. However, there's really no reason that you can't think about yourself and your dog. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your own interests in mind while also designing a dog-friendly landscape:
1. Put Yourself in Your Dog's Shoes…or Paws.
In order to create a backyard that your dog is going to truly enjoy, you need to know what tendencies that you dog typically has. What does your dog like to do? Does he enjoy digging? If so, then you are probably going to want to avoid intricate gardens and planting your favorite exotic flower. Otherwise, you will just get frustrated when he decides to dig them up. Does he like roll around and soak up the sun? If so, you may want to consider creating a shaded lounging area for him on the deck or close the fence for him. This area should be comfortable, padded and protected from the sun by a tarp or umbrella.
2. Install a Water Feature.
Since your dog is going to be spending a lot of time outdoors during the summertime, you are going to want to make sure he has a place to cool off and has access to fresh water. While you could put a small kiddie pool in the backyard for him to play you, you could consider adding a visually-appealing water feature in the backyard so that you could kill two birds with one stone. Your dog will be able to enjoy a good splash whenever he likes, but you will also be able to experience a serene landscape.
3. Lay Down a Gravel or Mulch Pathway.
Because dogs can wreak havoc on an all-grass backyard, you may want to consider breaking it up with some pathways. Plus, dogs love to patrol and prowl around, so they'll love that you thought about adding pathways for them. Keep in mind that these pathways should be made out of shredded wood chips, hardwood mulch, flat rocks or smooth pea pebbles, as all of these materials tend to be relatively easy on your pup's paws. You want to make sure that you don't choose materials that will get too hot to cling to their feet or fur and cause discomfort and harm.
A landscape design professional and lawn care expert will be able to help you get your backyard in order for your dog, so don't hesitate in reaching out and sharing your ideas.
For more information, contact Modern Landscape & Design Inc or a similar company.