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Now is an excellent time to think about how to keep our four-legged friends safe while maintaining our landscapes.

Avoid potentially dangerous plants.

Many dogs dig up or chew bulbs and plants. If your dog is curious and likes to dig or taste what’s growing, keep dangerous plants in an area that pups can’t access or avoid altogether.

Some plants that could make your dog sick:

  • Spring flowering bulbs like daffodils or tubers like dahlias and irises
  • Grapes, peach stones, and apple seeds
  • Chrysanthemums, clematis, and horse chestnut tree

ASPCA offers a list on its website of potentially toxic plants to dogs.

A landscape professional can also help you choose the right plants to keep your yard beautiful and your dog safe.

Provide shade
When the sun shines, dogs need a place to escape the heat.
If you don’t have mature trees to offer shade, be sure your pet has access to a covered porch,
patio, or other shade structure so they can cool off when they aren’t sunning themselves.

Make water available
Ensure your dog has access to clean water when outside.
If you have a water feature, ensure the products used to keep it clean are safe for pets.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado