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Install a Fence in Time For Summer

Summer is approaching, and that means more freedom to venture outside and enjoy the weather. If this means fighting to keep family members and friends safe and private, it might be time to consider installing a fence to optimize every positive detail about your home. There are several reasons to look into this useful, decorative option and curate one to fit your needs.

Safety and Privacy First

Whether or not your household is cooking, entertaining, or relaxing outside, keep your activities to yourself with a fence that will shield you from any unwanted eyes. It can even serve to heighten security from less desirable aspects of any neighborhood, such as houses close to the street or wildlife that can enter the property with ease. Consider what threats your property’s location might serve, and build your fence based on those details and what you want your specifications to be.

Get Approval

If your new fence changes the dimensions of your home’s property, take the appropriate measures beforehand to make sure it is an acceptable move. Some locations may have restrictions or specific guidelines on any landscaping changes made to a property, especially where expansion is concerned. Contact your city hall or the correct, associated department for information on measurements and potential approval to move forward with the project.

Separate Work and Play

Yard space should be comfortable for everyone, not just children and pets. Sometimes, added privacy from neighbors or passersby on the street can be invaluable for a functional yard. If your ideal work spot is a cozy nook hidden in the backyard, or even the spacious front yard area, installing a fence to establish your personal space can do wonders for the sanctity of the yard.

Pool Fencing

Young children should be monitored closely around pools, and having a fence is another added security measure to ensure their safety. Read up on different modes of pool fencing to get protection that is both attractive and practical. This way, you can guarantee a stress-free environment when the whole family isn’t outside, and balls and toys will be less likely to roll into the pool accidentally!

Get Started Today

Let Blue Tree help you install the fence you need and want! We offer an extensive selection of products and associated services that give you a wide range of options for your next addition. Contact Blue Tree to get a quote about our services and to start planning for the best fence for your property.

4 Ways to Keep Your Lawn and Pet Happy

4 ways to keep your lawn and pet happyAward-winning roses? Prize-winning plants? Whatever your yard has, you’ll want to keep destructive pooches out of the way! Here are a few pet friendly landscaping tips that can help:

 

Good Dog, Great Yard

Set a Barrier

A physical barrier is a useful way to distance your pets from delicate plants, or other recent additions. Hardscaping elements, like fencing, walls, or edging can help discourage your pet, while still looking attractive in the process. You may also turn to non-toxic plants, like thick hedges or shrubs, to make shortcuts impossible. Set down pathways where your pet tends to roam to avoid further damage.

Fruits of Your Labor

Do you have a pet that won’t stay away from the garden? While low fencing is always an option, there are other possibilities. Use hedges or shrubs to create a natural border. You can keep birds and pets away from the fruits and vegetables with bird netting. For a truly pesky pet, consider spraying bitter apple or orange on your plants to help discourage any tastings.

Doggone Diggers

Dogs dig for multiple reasons: to de-stress, relieve boredom, or even bury their valuables. To make sure this habit doesn’t harm your garden, include a dense, narrow planting near the fenceline. Do frequent checks to make sure your pet hasn’t started up again. For dogs that need to be able to dig, set aside a portion of the yard for a sandbox or gravel pit. Reward your dog for digging in this area, and keep it consistent. This way, you can avoid having a bunch of holes in your lawn!

Keeping it Green

Help reduce the number of brown spots in your yard by setting aside a bathroom area. Train your pooch to use specific portions of the yard. Add in fencing to conveniently hide the area, or try a patch of gravel. It can easily be hosed off, and is a favorite material for many dogs. Include a “marking spot” for male dogs to discourage any unwanted watering on your plants.

Crafting a Pet Friendly Yard

These tips will help keep your pets healthy and happy, while ensuring your lawn stays in top shape. For a yard that truly wows, call Blue Tree Landscaping, the one-stop-shop for everything yard, garden, and pool.

 

From design, to planning and maintenance, no job is too big or too small. Call the professionals at Blue Tree Landscaping today to learn more.

How to Keep Pets Safe When Fertilizing Your Lawn

How to Keep Pets Safe When Fertilizing Your LawnCaring for your lawn should not come at the cost of endangering your pets. You’ll want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your pets safe when tending to your yard. Here are just a few ways to make sure your pets face minimal risk when it comes to your lawn care:  

  • Follow the Instructions

    Most lawn fertilizers contain some natural, non-toxic elements, but they also contain harmful pesticides that work to kill your garden’s unwanted insects. If your dog eats a recently fertilized plant too soon after application, the consequences are typically mild. However, if your pet ingests the fertilizer directly, it can lead to gastrointestinal issues, tremors, and seizures. In order to avoid the risk of poisoning your pet, make sure to follow your fertilizer’s instructions carefully. Specialists recommend keeping pets off treated grass for at least 24 hours, and locking them away during the application process. This is the best way to avoid airborne or skin contact. As long as you apply and dilute the chemicals properly, they should eventually wash into the soil, keeping your pet safe and sound.
  • Know What to Do in an Emergency

    All fertilizers vary, but some contain more potent chemicals than others. If you find your pet has been in contact with a toxic fertilizer, and is having difficulty breathing, experiencing abdominal pain, or vomiting, you should contact a vet immediately. Although a small ingestion of the fertilizer can result in minor stomachaches, large ingestions can result in bowel obstruction, or severe pancreatic inflammation.
  • Look for Safer Options

    Some fertilizers are especially made with your pet’s safety in mind, but there are still many other options out there. By using seaweed, grass clippings, compost, or bone meal, you can keep your pet safe with natural products. Grass clippings can nourish your lawn without any chemical additives, and bone meal can provide long-term nutrients for your lawn, without harming your pet if ingested. As an additional safety measure, you should break up any fertilizer clumps you leave behind. Pets are often attracted to new objects, and may confuse these clods for a treat.

 

Blue Tree Landscaping wants to help you achieve an optimal, high-quality lawn, at no-risk to your beloved pets. With 30 years of experience, Blue Tree Landscaping provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for its customers, in which we take full responsibility for all of our clients’ landscaping needs. Give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for your home.

 

Solutions to Your Dog and Your Landscape

Dogs and Landscape

If you’re frustrated by helplessly watching your lovable but incorrigible furry friend destroy the hard work you’ve put into your yard, there are a few ways to fix the damage. Knowing your own dog is always the best solution: depending on the personality of your dog, some tactics will work and others won’t.

Bare Patches in Your Yard

The trail that your dog takes most often will be worn down over time into unsightly bare patches. Reseeding will be only a temporary solution, so take note of the route and lay down paths that accent your yard instead. Use materials that will be easy on your dog’s paws—concrete, flagstones, rounded gravel, or mulch. Stay away from cocoa mulch, which contains the same compound as chocolate and is poisonous to dogs and cats. If your yard is enclosed, the space by the fence will often be worn down as the dog patrols its territory, so plant tall plants or trees to hide the gap.

Protecting your Plants

Plant a hedge, or erect a fence, to keep your dog out of your vegetable and flower beds. Be mindful that sharp metal edges on the fences may cause injury. If that doesn’t work, try installing a motion-activated sprinkler (although this technique is unlikely to deter breeds that enjoy playing in water). Dogs who like to dig up newly planted flower beds may do so only for the novelty; dogs who are bored always manage to find ways to amuse themselves. Creating a sandbox or a sandpit for your dog to dig in is a good solution, with the added benefit that sand tracked into the house will be easier to clean up than mud.

Brown Spots on your Lawn

Brown spots on the lawn are the result of the overabundance of nitrogen in your dog’s urine. The best option is to reseed, then train your dog to do its business somewhere else, preferably in a specific somewhere else. You may notice some odor, but this can be relieved by thoroughly and frequently watering the area. Alternatively, cover these brown spots with a hardier species of plant, like clover, and consider switching over your entire lawn so you no longer have to worry about brown spots.

 

Sometimes it is simply easier to design your landscape around the needs of your dog. For the best outdoor environment for the four-legged member of your family, you may also want to consider installing a shallow water feature, or a shady pergola, to prevent overheating in the hotter summer months.