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Dog-Proofing the Landscape

You can’t completely dog-proof a landscape, but you can take steps to help your dog and your yard coexist.

Keep dogs out of vegetable gardens or flower beds with sturdy fencing, or build raised beds using landscape timbers or concrete blocks.

If dogs relieve themselves on the lawn, try flushing the grass immediately with water to help prevent brown spots.

Dogs like to patrol, so consider creating a path along your fence line. If you have a dog who likes to dig in your favorite bed, you can bury wire mesh under the soil as a deterrent.

With patience, you can even train a dog to avoid walking through certain beds or to take care of its business on specific mulched or graveled areas. Finally, play with your dog often to help keep it happy and out of trouble.

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