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Pet Friendly Plant Ideas From A Landscape Designer

landscape designer olympia wa A landscape designer can help you to create a garden that is both beautiful and safe for your pets. While many plants can be used in your yard, not all of them are safe for animals. When dogs, cats, hamsters and other pets are exposed to poisonous plants, they can develop a wide range of adverse reactions. The leaves, fruit and bark of some plants can cause itching, difficulty breathing and even death. These safe plants can help your pets to address specific health issues while they make your home more attractive.

Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is a vine that produces edible fruit. This plant will be an asset in your garden, providing a valuable ingredient for soups and stews. A landscape designer can help you to create the right layout for the plants and set up mounds which are the ideal height and width for them to flourish. When the fruit of the vine is ready, you may add it to your meals. It is good as a snack for your dogs as well. Roast or bake the slices and include them in vegan meals or toast the seeds, add salt and have a healthy, nutritious snack.


The rich flavor of peppermint is enjoyed by people of all ages. This is a great way to add to the variety of scents which are available in your garden. If you enjoy this type of treat to the senses, speak with your family about all the ways in which they would like to enjoy the herb. Your dogs may enthusiastically give their approval when they see the herb being planted in your yard, since they like the smell as well.

Peppermint is really easy to grow and this is one of the reasons why you should consider adding it to your garden. It is valued for medicinal purposes and is known around the world as an herb which helps with digestive conditions. It is likely that when your pet is suffering from an upset stomach or feeling nauseous, it will seek out the leaves of this plant on its own.

Burdock Herb

Burdock herb is beneficial for both humans and their pets. In fact, this herb has been used worldwide for treating digestive issues. If your children suffer from allergies or you have some type of sensitivity, speak to your doctor about the ways in which burdock herb may be able to help you. A landscape designer can help you to manage the growth of this plant. It likes rich soil and when you provide it with the ideal environment, it will flourish. However, you must monitor it to ensure that it does not spread too much.


Alyssum is a flowering plant which can be used to decorate any part of your garden. It is also known as Sweet Allison because of its beautiful smell. If you are looking for a flowering plant that will make your garden smell great and not harm your dogs, this is the perfect fit. Its lovely white flowers come in clusters and attract a wide variety of pollinating insects. If you have a small garden, you can plant these at the front of another flower bed. They make a great addition to a rockery as well.


Garlic is a wonderful plant to have in your home. It boosts immune health and has even been shown to be effective in people who have compromised immune systems. While garlic is useful for dogs, it should be used sparingly with cats. A garlic plant is relatively easy to grow and can be started from a simple bulb. The soil that you use should be of good quality if you want to get the best from it. Consider preparing the soil with organic fertilizer before you plant garlic.

Several health care practitioners think that cats, horses and other animals instinctively opt to eat plants that have medicinal value. However, your dog or any other pet can only self medicate if they have a variety of medicinal plants to choose from. By providing plants that are both edible and beautiful, you can help your pets to make better choices when it comes to taking care of their own health. Many of these plants have immense medical value to human beings as well.



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