Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.
Puppies like to play, which can involve havoc in your garden. If you put strategic and attractive fences around the more sensitive areas, you will be able to maintain an attractive garden, even when the puppy wants to chew. Here's how to do it:
Protect the vegetable patch
Puppies chew anything, including plants. They also like to dig. A vegetable patch has the attraction of loose earth that is easy to dig in and a variety of plants that are lovely to chew. You may have some plants that are already producing, which will give an even greater variety of 'chew toys' for the puppies to choose from. Putting a fence around your vegetable patch when you have a puppy is almost mandatory.
Choose aluminium over steel
Any metal fence will be effective in keeping your puppy out of the vegetable patch and other sensitive areas in your garden. The metal you choose should suit your needs, though. Aluminium fencing is much lighter and also more affordable than steel, which makes it very suited for use in your garden. Aluminium is extremely durable and will withstand the effects of the weather for many years. It is also a more flexible material than steel. You can install your own aluminium fencing around flower beds and other areas in the garden easily without having to consult a professional.
Make sure the fence suits your needs
Because aluminium is lighter than steel, it can also bend more easily. You must make sure that you choose the design of fence that will keep your dog out. If you have a small dog, then a low aluminium fence will keep it out of your garden beds, but will not detract from the open feel of your garden. If you have a slightly larger dog, especially one that climbs or jumps, you will need a higher fence. Also, make sure you choose a strong and thicker fence that will withstand the dog's assaults. This also holds for a large dog, for which you will also need a higher fence.
Electric pet fences
An alternative to a solid, more permanent fence is to use a pet electric fence. These fences usually emit a low current into two strands of aluminium wire. If your puppy touches the fence, it will be discouraged from returning. This type of fence is usually used as a more temporary measure to keep puppies out of the vegetable garden and other areas while they are in their chewing and digging phase. As your dog grows, you should be able to remove the electric fence and enjoy the openness of your garden. It may be prudent, though, to keep some measure of deterrent around the vegetable patch, which could be a perennial attraction for your dog.
Using attractive aluminium fencing, or an electric fence, around your flower beds can make the difference to you having an attractive garden or a messy puppy playground.Share