How to create a great backyard for your dog

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Kris Kiser, President of the TurfMutt Foundation, an organization that advocates for the care for and use of green spaces, as well as pet rescue, relates that the backyard is her dog’s favorite place to be.


Via a press release, Kiser and her rescue dog, Mulligan, have advice for creating a dream yard for pets as well as the whole family this summer:

Select the Right Plants and Grasses 
Choosing a type of turf grass that will withstand the “ruff” housing of your pets is important. Buffalo and Bermuda grasses can be a good choice, depending on your climate zone.

For other plants and shrubs, check the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic garden plants for advice before planting.

Soft, sturdy foliage near walkways works well, as does keeping delicate, decorative flowers in elevated flowerbeds and patio pots.

Birds, butterflies and bees help pollinate food crops and flowering plants, so take them into consideration, too, when you’re selecting backyard plants.

Plan for Fun and Relaxation
Add a splash pool, build a sandbox for digging, and even consider creating a canine obstacle course to provide hours of fun.

After a day of play, your dog will need a place to relax. Trees or bushes that provide shade for snoozing can be a good option.

Click on the following link to Mutt Mail, a monthly e-newsletter for more backyarding tips and news from the TurfMutt Foundation.

You can also visit the company’s website at

About TurfMutt

TurfMutt was created by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) TurfMutt Foundation and has reached more than 70 million children, educators and families since 2009. Through classroom materials developed with Scholastic, TurfMutt teaches students and teachers how to “save the planet, one yard at a time.”

SOURCE TurfMutt Foundation


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