Creating a Pet Friendly Garden
We all love and adore our pets, they hold a special place in our hearts, our homes and our gardens. So, let’s make sure our gardens are safe and the plants we are choosing aren’t putting our pets in any potential danger.
Some plants can be toxic to pets; eating large amounts of some flowers, bulbs, berries and leaves can cause them to fall ill. The risk of severe poisoning however is very low, so there is no need to make this a priority caution when designing your garden. Our lovely cats, dogs and other household pets are fastidious creatures and are wary about what they eat.
Edible features with enough toxicity to cause any harm, hold a vulgar taste to the common house pet and will only cause serious harm when a substantial amount is consumed. That being said, pet owners should be aware that a handful of plants present a possible hazard to pets and ought to be deliberated when including them in a garden design.
Animal friendly hedging also applies to those situated in areas where livestock are present. Growing a hedge around farmland or even in places where farm animals pass by means that an evaluation of the selection of hedging plants should be made to ensure grazing cattle are unharmed.
It’s important to know which plants best suit your garden whilst being safe for your pets or nearby animals.
Pet friendly plants in no way limit your choice as the majority of our hedging plants are completely safe to animals and will satisfy your garden needs with their practicality and aesthetic appearance. Choose from a huge range of evergreens, deciduous, flowering hedge plants, hedge plants with colourful foliage and hedges with fruits and watch them thrive with the peace of mind, knowing they hold no threat to your pets.
There are quite a few species that could be harmful to pets and farm animals if high quantities are congested:
This list is in conjunction to the RHS guidelines for poisonous plants.
We are yet to receive any reports of our hedging plants causing harm to animals and have had numerous customers successfully plant the following species in gardens where pets are present.
For all plants that are harmful to dogs, please see dogstrust.org
You will need to be careful when using pellets, pesticides and other garden chemicals as these can cause more harm than any hedging plant. We advise that before purchasing any chemicals for you garden and plants, you read the labels thoroughly to make sure they are safe for your pets and local wildlife such as birds and hedgehogs.
Better still, if you want to use feed, we supply a fantastic range of animal friendly, garden essentials such as Root Grow and Bone Meal and for pest control, consider the more organic methods that pose no threat to your pets and are beneficial to the ecosystem.