Landscaping With Dogs

Dogs owners often wonder – can I really have my dog and a beautiful landscape? The answer is yes! However, there are certain things that should be considered before you dive in to a landscaping project. Depending on your ideal landscape, some compromises may need to be made, but we promise that you have a beautiful yard with your furry best friend!

Toxic Plants and Dogs

Unfortunately, many common plants used in landscaping can be toxic to animals. According to the ASPCA, there are hundreds of plants that can be poisonous to your dog. For example aloe plants, apple trees, and even carnations can post a serious threat. When planning your landscape it is important to do some research and talk with your landscaper before choosing the foliage in your yard.

Avoid Yellow Urine Spots

Yellow urine spots are unsightly, but very common in yards of dog owners. Grass and dog urine don’t mix, period. If you truly want to avoid yellow spots it is best to choose a 100 percent hardscape for your yard. This will ensure that no grass is damaged. However, most dog owners prefer to have a space for their dog to run around in a grassy area. In these cases, there are a couple of options for landscape:

Dog Run

Incorporating a dog run into your landscaping is a great way to decrease the likelihood of damage in the grassy areas of your lawn. That being said, it is important understand that this area will be dedicated to your dog and should not have a big concern about appearance. Choose an area, preferably shaded, without any toxic plants, that can be fenced off so that your dog can get energy out! Make sure that the size of your dog run is comparable to the size of your dog (ie: a St. Bernard will need more space than a chihuahua).


Xeriscaping is a great option for dog owners in Arvada. If you want to keep some greenery in your yard without grass, choose dog-friendly plants that don’t require much watering. Typically, these types of plants grow in stone and mulch rather than grass. Save time, water, and energy with a xeriscaped yard!


Dilution is not for the faint of heart, but is an option for dog owners who don’t want to give grass yards up. In this scenario, as soon as a dog is done urinating you drench the area with water from a hose. This dilution of the urine may help stop the grass from dying and keep your lawn nice and green! However, this option takes a lot of dedication and commitment!

Protect Your Landscape From Dogs 

Whether you have landscape you already love or plan on planting new foliage, it is possible to protect landscape from dogs! A great option for most people is to create a barrier around the plants or trees that need to be protected. This can easily be done with the help of some chicken wire, poles, and zip-ties. When creating the barrier be sure to leave at least two feet of space between the plant and fencing. This way if a dog decides to urinate on the barrier, it will be far enough away to cause any damage!

Landscaping Professionals Can Help!

Landscaping when you have dogs is easier than you think! Give JDR Pro Landscaping a call today to get a free estimate on any landscaping project! As a top-rated landscaper, JDR Pro Landscaping offers a variety of outdoor solutions to help improve and maintain customers’ exterior properties. At the heart of most landscaping companies are the basics of mowing, edging, and trimming up bushes. However, JDR Pro Landscaping goes above and beyond for their customers to create a front and backyard that all the neighbors will envy. From the start, their professional team consults customers with what their yard goals are. They will then create a customized plan that fits your budget! Call us today for more information!

 JDR Pro Landscaping

7180 Birch St, Commerce City, CO 80022

(303) 762-3538