Who’s ready for the weather to warm up? We know here at Poo Pickers we are!

With Spring Clean Up right around the corner, we thought we would give you some tips for getting ready for that warm weather. Preparing your yard for spring with a dog involves a combination of cleaning, maintenance, and creating a safe and enjoyable space for both you and your pet. Here are some tips to help you get your yard ready for spring:

1. Clean Up Pet Waste:

2. Check Fencing and Boundaries:

  • Inspect your fencing for any damage or areas where your dog might have dug under or created holes. Repair any issues to ensure a secure and safe environment for your pet.

3. Lawn Care:

  • Rake and remove any dead leaves, debris, or sticks that may have accumulated during the winter. Consider aerating and fertilizing the lawn to promote healthy grass growth.

4. Inspect Garden Beds:

  • Check your garden beds for any toxic plants or substances harmful to dogs. Consider using pet-friendly fertilizers and pesticides.

5. Create Shaded Areas:

  • Dogs can benefit from shaded areas during warm weather. Set up dog-friendly shade options or consider planting dog-friendly trees or installing a pet-friendly awning.

6. Secure Dangerous Items:

  • Ensure that potentially harmful items, such as gardening tools, chemicals, or small objects, are stored securely out of your dog’s reach.

7. Introduce Pet-Friendly Plants:

  • Plant dog-safe and non-toxic plants in your yard. Avoid plants that are toxic to dogs, such as certain flowers, shrubs, or bulbs.

Here are some safe plants to have in your yard:

Marigold, Sunflowers, Petunia, Alyssum, Zinnia, Snapdragon, Rose, Bamboo (non-invasive varieties), Ferns, Spider Plant, African Violet, Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary, and Mint.

8. Inspect Outdoor Structures:

  • Check outdoor structures, such as sheds, play equipment, or fences, for any hazards or needed repairs. Make sure your dog can’t access areas where they might get stuck or injured.

9. Provide Ample Water:

  • Ensure there is a constant supply of fresh water for your dog, especially during warmer weather. Consider setting up multiple water stations in different areas of the yard.

10. Create a Digging Zone:

  • If your dog enjoys digging, designate a specific area in the yard as a digging zone. Fill it with soft soil or sand to encourage digging in that designated spot.

11. Inspect for Pests:

  • Check your yard for pests, such as ticks or fleas, and take preventive measures. Speak with your veterinarian about suitable flea and tick prevention for your dog.

12. Training and Enrichment:

  • Use the outdoor space for training and enrichment activities. Incorporate toys, puzzles, and playtime to keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated.

Make sure to follow these steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for your dog to enjoy during the spring months. Regular maintenance and monitoring will help ensure that your yard remains a healthy and secure space for both you and your furry friend.