It is always a good practice to safeguard your Statesville rental property so that it is a safe space for animals and humans. This way, you will have no hesitation in approving your tenant’s request to keep pets. Making a pet-friendly garden is not something that should be extravagant or sophisticated. It does, however, entail a lot of thoughtful preparation. A garden adds to the charm of your single-family rental property, making it especially attractive 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.
When designing your pet-friendly garden, consider one important feature: plants. Some plants work well in gardens that are accessible to pets. Several 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. 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 such plants exist, be sure to remove the entire plant and root structure. Do not use chemicals or poisons on the plants, as these can harm pets as well.
Before organizing the details of how you want your garden to look like, make sure you have an idea of which plants you want to include. 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.
Various forms of deterrents integrate the addition of 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. Because of its overpowering smell that most cats and dogs don’t like, this plant can keep pets away from a certain area. However, the scent is barely noticeable to humans.
Finally, it is a serious matter to bear in mind what type of fertilizer you are using on your plants. Many varieties of fertilizer and even mulch can be harmful to household pets. Even if you don’t expect your tenant’s pets to have unsupervised access to the garden, it’s best 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.
It is quite possible to design a beautiful garden that can safely withstand the ordinary activities of household pets. All it takes is a plan and a will to carry it out.
Let our team of Statesville property managers at Real Property Management Value help you in making sure that your tenants will be delighted with a pet-friendly garden in their homes. Please contact us online or call us at 704-230-4074 to learn more about how we can serve you.
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