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Pet-Friendly Gardens for Your St. Petersburg Rental Property

Adorable Cat and Dog Relaxing in a Pet-Friendly GardenIt is always a good practice to safeguard your St. Petersburg rental property so that it is a safe space for animals and humans. This way, you will have no hesitation in approving your tenant’s request to keep pets. Building a pet-friendly garden does not have to be luxurious or tricky. Nevertheless, it will need you to do a bit of research and planning.  A single-family rental property will attract tenants with pets if space comes with a blooming garden. It’s really difficult to try and completely pet-proof your garden, especially when you have determined diggers for pets; but there are options you can choose from to come up with safe and durable garden space in your rental property.

Designing a pet-friendly garden entails thorough research on what kinds of plants to plant, making sure that your pets are safe. Several 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. Since some plants are not good for pets, it would be a good idea to go over the existing plants on your property so that you can draft an inventory of which ones to keep and which ones might be toxic. If such plants exist, be sure to remove the entire plant and root structure. Do not use chemicals or poisons on the plants, as these can harm pets as well.

Draft out a list of plants that you want to have in your garden. Afterward, you can start designing the layout. 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. Hence, some inexpensive or decorative fencing would encourage pets to use certain areas of the yard while keeping them away from others.

There are diverse kinds of deterrents that include adding specific varieties of spices and pungent plants with smells that pets don’t like. E.g., 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. Some dogs and cats keep away from this plant because of its overpowering smell. However, the scent is barely noticeable to humans.

Lastly, it is vital to take into account what type of fertilizer you are using on your plants. Many varieties of fertilizer and even mulch can be harmful to household pets. Even if you don’t expect your tenant’s pets to have unsupervised access to the garden, it’s best to err on the side of caution.  You can help create a pet-safe garden that your tenant will love by going for non-toxic varieties of both fertilizer and mulch.

Careful plotting can lead to a good and beautiful design of your garden — one that can safely withstand the ordinary activities of household pets.

We have a team of St. Petersburg property managers at Real Property Management TradeWinds that are ready and capable of guaranteeing that tenants will be pleased with a pet-friendly garden in their homes.  If you are interested in learning more or have additional questions, please contact us online or by phone at 727-400-4722 today.

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