When you’re sprucing up your garden and yard this spring, will you be thinking of your furry friends? When improving your yard you may be unknowingly creating a non-pet friendly garden.When springtime comes around, many pet owners turn their attention to maintaining the yard their furry friends may prance around. While keeping our yards/gardens healthy and beautiful is certainly important, we need to beware of the hazards in them that can threaten the lives of our beloved pets.
DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes stakes keep your curious dogs from drinking straight out of the drip line and potentially chewing up or even ingesting emitter heads with their unique caps. Our caps lock your drip line and emitter head in place, keeping them out of sight and out of licking range of your pets. They also keep much more of your drip irrigation system away from the surface, helping to prevent curious pets from chewing on or digging up your irrigation system.
Fertilizer ingestion is one of the top reason for calls to the Pet Poison Helpline each year. This is where our DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes come in handy!Our stakes concentrate plant fertilizers/nutrients directly to plants’ roots, not the ground around them. By keeping potentially toxic fertilizer and plant nutrients within the stake rather than throughout the yard, you can prevent your pet from ingesting them. Even if your dog likes to dig in the yard, they are much less likely to get to your plant fertilizer than if it is sitting on the surface.
Fertilizer containing bone meal is especially dangerous for animals to ingest. It is made up of defatted, dried, and flash-frozen animal bones that are ground to a powder. This “bone” is also what makes the fertilizer so palatable to your dog, so make sure to keep your pet from digging in it and ingesting the soil. While this also makes a great organic fertilizer, it can become a problem when consumed as the bone meal forms a large cement-like bone ball in the stomach – which can cause an obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract – resulting in possible surgery to remove it! Make sure to keep your pet from digging and ingesting fertilized soil. When purchasing fertilizer, it is important to check the ingredient content. Surprisingly, some of the more dangerous types of fertilizers are organic fertilizers, which is ironic because they are what most pet owners reach for when they want to use “safer” products around their pets.
If you love your pet, which we know you do, make sure to order DEEP DRIP® Watering Stakes and get started on creating the perfect pet friendly garden!