Our pets are more than just animals, they are our family – and their safety is of the utmost concern.
Many pets love spending time outside and exploring their territory. Dogs, in particular, are curious and will probably try to sample your garden mulch. If you’re concerned about your home landscaping, there are a few things to know to keep your pets happy and healthy.
Is Scotts mulch safe for pets?
Yes, Nature Scapes Color Enhanced Mulch is safe for pets.
Besides the potential dangers of colored mulch and pets, people, or young plants, dyed mulches are not beneficial for the soil. They will help retain soil moisture and help protect plants during winter, but they do not enrich the soil or add beneficial bacteria and nitrogen, like natural mulches do.
How do I stop my dog from eating mulch?
You can use a variety of training methods to keep your dog away from the mulch, including both positive and negative reinforcement (praising the dog for not going to the mulch and saying “no” to the dog and pulling it away when it chooses to walk toward the mulch), using anti-chew sprays for some smaller patches of …
So, should you remove old mulch? Expert green thumbs contend that getting rid of last year’s mulch is completely unnecessary. Mulch gradually breaks down, adding beneficial nutrients and other organic matter to the soil. Removing pre-existing mulch every year only ends up to be extra work and a needless expense.
One Type of Mulch Can Be Toxic to Dogs
One type of mulch is toxic to dogs, and it can be dangerous for them to digest, but it isn’t sold by Gaston.
Cocoa Bean Mulch is a byproduct of chocolate production and is popular for its color and sweet smell, but because it contains some of the same chemicals as chocolate it can be toxic to your dogs. Be aware of what’s in your gardens and look to replace your cocoa bean mulch with something like pine or cypress mulch – both safe options for your dogs.
Dogs love to chew on things and they are curious by nature. They like to explore and try new things, which probably means that they will chew on the mulch in your garden at some point.
Any wood-based mulch is safe for your dog. Pine, cedar, and cypress are probably the three of the most popular mulch options and they should all be dog-friendly. To be completely safe consider these additional concerns:
Some pets can be allergic to mulch, so keep an eye out for allergic reactions in your dogs (and cats). Symptoms like a rash, excessive scratching, irritability, or pus-filled bumps can be signs of an allergic reaction. Try to take note of what your pet has digested or chewed on in case you start seeing the symptoms of allergies.
While cats may not try to eat or chew on your garden mulch, they may treat your newly mulched garden beds as a fresh litter box. Newly laid mulch is the right depth, smells fresh and clean, and is easy to move around – in other words, it’s the perfect environment for a cat litter box.
Keeping cats out of your mulch can be a challenge, but here are a few tricks and tips:
Deploying one (or more) of these strategies can help keep your cats out of your garden and keep your mulch fresh and clean.
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