It's a common problem for gardeners with pets - how to keep dogs out of flower beds. And deer, and cats, and rabbits and moles and voles and on and on.
I have a few gardening tips, and what I really want to do in this blog post is say goodbye to my family dog, Blue.
He passed away last month at about 13 years old, not bad for a good-sized dog. I hadn't spent much time with him over the last few years other than when visiting my parents, as I lived a few thousand miles away, but I'll miss him.
I know my parents will miss him, too. Even though he moved more slowly than when he was young, he still did his daily walks around the property (they live in the country) to make sure everything was under control. And he still ran ahead of us to make sure the coast was clear when we were going anywhere outside. And he always welcomed everyone who stopped by.
So while I know many of us want to keep dogs out of flower beds, one day you may find yourself wishing he/she was plopped right in the middle of your annuals again.
And our dog was good at getting into the flowers. There is a lot of gardening advice on how to keep dogs out of flower beds, but I've found only a few that work almost every time, and they do require the most work.
Sure, you can sprinkle red pepper onto the soil or a mixture of alcohol and cayenne pepper onto the leaves, but how long are you going to want to keep that up? Here are my longer-term solutions:
You guys know I'm into organic pest control methods, and those have been the most useful to me.
Have you found another method for how to keep dogs out of flower beds over the long term? Or are you just happy to let your dog go wherever? Let me know...