Pet-Friendly Gardening: Do's and Don'ts
Spring and summer are favorite growing seasons to plant a rainbow of fresh blooms in the garden; however, if pet owners don't research what to plant and not plant beforehand, they may find that domestic animals will get ill.
In June, gardeners welcome the opportunity to start a bee garden to feed pollinators, while keeping deer out of the yard; however, some plants may be toxic to dogs.
Here are plants to avoid growing in the spring and summer months, according to the ASPCA:
- Dahlia: Great for pollinators, but not for pets!
- Iris: Deer resistant; but not meant for pets.
- Peony: A hazard for dogs that can make them vomit, drool excessively and give them diarrhea. However, deer hate the taste and smell of peonies!
- Lavender: Another pollinating-friendly plant
- Geraniums: Another plant for deer resistance; however, this plant causes skin rashes, low blood pressure, lethargy and loss of appetite in dogs.
- Aloe Vera: Great for skin wounds on people; however, it can cause tremors and diarrhea in dogs.
Go ahead and grow these pet-safe plants:
- Aster: Pollinating insects welcomed!
- African Violets
- Marigolds: Keeps deer out of lawns and gardens while feeding butterflies!
- Hibiscus: Deer-resistant
- Sunflowers: A favorite food for bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.
- Thyme: A Deer-resistant herb.