Neighbors And Their Pets

Considering your two legged friends' four legged friends

Even if you don't have pets you need to keep in mind that the neighborhood cats, dogs, rabbits, and other sundry critters may get into your garden. Digging in the dirt, eating leaves and veggies, and taking naps in a warm sunny window box are favorite pastimes for many pets. And can you blame them? Just imagine how frustrating it must be for them to not be able to design their own gardens.

So the least you can do is share the joy of your garden with the neighborhood pets. But if the phrase "neighborhood pets" conjures up deep feelings of frustration and flashbacks of many late nights listening to that dog that just won't shut up. you need to make sure your container garden is protected from Rover's romp. Otherwise, sleep deprived rage upon finding an overturned flowerpot could seriously threaten neighbor relations, not to mention endangering poor Rover's health.

Here are a few ideas for keeping you and the animals happy:

  • Plant enough to share.
  • Don't put catnip or other pet attracting plants right next to any fragile plant or container.
  • Put containers out of reach of pets, either on sturdy raised pedestals or in hanging baskets.
  • Avoid plants that are poisonous to animals. (See the American Animal Hospital Association website for a list.)
  • Insert wire or plastic fences around pots.

If you take these precautions, and still find that your neighbor's pet is making your life miserable - talk to your neighbor. Keep a level head and try to find a mutually agreeable plan for protecting your garden. Figure out what it is that's so appealing to the pets and find other ways to fill that void in their lives. Maybe your neighbor will want to make a container garden, too, just for them.