How to Build a Dog-friendly Landscape in Houston:
1. Incorporate pathways
Don’t fight your pet’s favorite paths… embrace them! Dog runs are usually built along the fence line and made of mulch or gravel to protect your pup’s feet.
2. Avoid toxic plants
Many of Houston’s best growing plants are hazardous to people and pets. Be sure to avoid these common choices: Oleander, Begonias, Tulips, Sago Palms, and Aloe Vera.
3. Go with artificial turf
Especially for small spaces, artificial turf is the best solution for lawns and pets. You’ll never have yellow spots and the drainage system keeps paws clean even after heavy rains.
4. Provide areas for shade
With Houston’s 100°+ summers, landscape elements like outdoor pavilions, awnings, and large trees can provide plenty of shady spots for your pup to stay cool and outof direct sun.