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Garden Plants to Avoid if You Own a Dog

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While everyone with green fingers would like to plant a beautiful and welcoming garden, it is important to remember that many plants are toxic to animals if ingested. Unfortunately, because we cannot explain to dogs not to eat flowers or dig up and eat roots, dog owners must take the initiative. To avoid risking your dog’s health, pet experts James Wellbeloved advise that all dog owners avoid planting any flowers, trees, and shrubs that are potentially harmful to dogs, and to learn the common symptoms of poisoning in the event of your dog eating something toxic.

Aconitum (e.g. Wolfsbane) and Caladium

Both plants are actually poisonous to humans, let alone dogs. Most dogs are unlikely to eat Aconitum because this family of plants tends not to smell very nice, so dogs aren’t so curious to taste them. However, some dogs won’t rest until they have had a taste of everything, and side effects can include vomiting or developing heart issues.

Caladium is just as harmful but its attractive leaves and nicer taste make it a more likely candidate for your dog to try and consume.

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Grape vine

Grapes are very toxic to dogs and can cause acute kidney failure and long-term urinary problems, as well as some of the more common poisoning symptoms. Sadly, dogs don’t know this and will happily nibble at grape vines, so it is safest to remove these from your garden entirely.

Hyacinths and Tulips

It can be hard to resist planting Hyacinths and Tulips. Most gardeners recommend them because they are easy to grow and a great way to quickly add colour and a delightful scent to any garden. Unfortunately, dogs also like the smell of these plants and some breeds, especially Labradors, are prone to eating them. In high quantities, they are poisonous and can cause oral irritation and digestion issues.


While many pets will ignore ivy for the beautiful decorative plant it can be, dogs are not one of them, and many will frequently take bites out of it. The plant is extremely dangerous in high quantities and can even lead dogs to fall into a coma.


Just a handful of Oleander leaves is toxic to large mammals, so the plant can be lethal for dogs who like to dig up plants and eat whatever they find.


Similarly, while Cyclamen is less toxic overall, its root is very likely to harm your dog if they dig it up and eat it.


Dogs will generally not attempt to deliberately eat parts of a Yew tree, but many love to play with sticks. Unfortunately, the bark in Yew trees is full of various toxins which are harmful to dogs, so if they chase or chew sticks from a Yew, poisoning is very likely and can be severe.

Recognise the symptoms of poisoning

This article details some of the garden plants especially toxic to dogs, but there are many more which are also dangerous. While it is important to know if anything your garden might be toxic to your dog, you can also help by being aware of the common signs of poisoning in dogs, including fever, tremors, and vomiting. That way, if your dog shows any symptoms after roaming the garden, you can act quickly and go to the vet, and then find and remove the offending plant later.

How To Properly Mulch Your Yard In Just A Few Simple Steps

How To Properly Mulch Your Yard In Just A Few Simple Steps

Having a big yard isn’t an asset most homeowners have nowadays, especially those living in small flats in residential buildings whose outdoor space is limited to a tiny balcony. Those who, however, are fortunate enough to own a proper house usually have a chance to enjoy their backyard in lots of ways, from building a pool to maintaining a perfect garden. Choosing the former may be more enjoyable, but the latter option can also bring pleasure into their lives, as long as they know how to cultivate and grow their grass, plants and flowers in a proper way. The trick is to utilize the power of the mulch, and if you wish to do the same, here are a few tips and tricks you need to take into consideration.

Define the mulching area

One of the most important things in the entire mulching process is learning that not your entire yard needs to be mulched, at least not all the time. That’s why you should designate the mulching area and decide whether you want to focus on just the grass, the flowers, the plants or a few of these areas simultaneously.

For instance, most gardeners, both professional and amateur, pay the most attention to the flower beds – this might also be the most beneficial in the long run – and around walkways, but you can always decide for yourself and do something out of the ordinary.

mulching area

Trim the edges

Once you’ve made up your mind on which part of your backyard you want to mulch, it’s time to trim this area and get it ready for the mulching process. Designing this space might not seem like the most important thing in the world at first, but it’s actually a vital step that will help the entire mulching process become more successful.

Of course, mulching the entire yard would be the easiest way to go, but just imagine the intricate shapes and forms you can create with just a little bit of imagination and some free time! Trimming the grass around your trees, mailboxes or flower beds, behind your house or around your walkway will help you visualize the future look of your backyard, so this should be your first step.

trim the edges

Get the mulch

After getting everything ready, it’s time to actually get the mulch and start being proactive. There are different types you can choose from – pebble, rock, straw, compost and wood mulch are among the most popular choices – so find the one that suits you and your backyard best. Of course, you can always create your own mulch and thus make sure your yard is mulched with the best and the most natural option out there, which is especially important to all those eco-friendly gardeners who value sustainability above everything else.

Another thing you shouldn’t forget when mulching is to provide some sort of support for the soil in your yard. Some people like digging deeper into the ground, while the others go for a more sensible solution and look into reliable retaining wall drainage that does not only hold the soil, but also looks more visually appealing, so that’s another idea definitely worth exploring.

get the mulch

Find the tools

Finally, before actually spreading the mulch around your yard, you should get your tools ready and double-check whether you’re equipped with everything you need. The protective gloves are a must as they will take care of your hands and help you stay healthy and out of danger while mulching – lots of people forget these, but keep in mind that the gloves are an essential part of gardening.

Next, you’ll need a wheelbarrow, as well as a shovel or, alternatively, a pitchfork or even a garden hoe. All of these tools are amazing for transferring and spreading the mulch, so choose whichever you like the most and you’ll soon learn how to use it most effectively.

No matter how much you already know about mulching, the only important thing you have to remember is how crucial it is for the quality and vitality of your yard. Therefore, be sure to investigate it and find the options that might bring the best results forward and turn your yard into the best one in the neighborhood.