If you want to permit the tenants of your Duluth rental property to keep pets, first make sure that it is safe for both animals and humans. Constructing a pet-friendly garden doesn’t have to overtly expensive or daunting. It does, however, entail a lot of thoughtful preparation. Tenants with pets will most likely find single-family rental properties more attractive if they see that it comes with a vibrant garden. 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.
A key feature of growing a pet-friendly garden is to know what kind of plants you should include. A variety of 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. Should you already have plants on the property, make sure to examine each one, making an inventory, so that you have an idea of which ones might be toxic. If you find such plants, 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. Also, certain inexpensive or decorative fencing can serve to encourage pets to use certain areas of the yard while keeping them away from others.
Different kinds of deterrents involve 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. This keeps them away since most cats and some dogs don’t fancy the overpowering smell of this plant. However, the scent is barely noticeable to humans.
For the final point, it is crucial to take into consideration 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 opting to pick non-toxic varieties of both fertilizer and mulch, you can help create a pet-safe garden that your tenant will love.
Let your creativity shine through as you design your beautiful garden! All it takes is a bit of outlining, and you’re on your way to a charming garden that can safely withstand the ordinary activities of household pets.
Our competent team of Duluth property managers at Real Property Management Executives Greater Atlanta can help you make sure that tenants will be satisfied with a pet-friendly garden in their homes. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 678-504-8580 to know more about what we can do for you.
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