Pet Friendly Landscaping Tips

When you have a pet they are a member of your family, and you will want to make your outdoor area a space which they can enjoy safely. Getting the balance right between making your landscaping both pet and people friendly can be achieved with some forward planning. Here are our top tips for your furry friends:

Eliminate the Dangers

Puppies and kittens like to explore the world with their mouths, and this often means eating things they shouldn’t. If they do accidentally poison themselves it can lead to an expensive vet bill at 11:30pm on a Sunday night. If you have a pet who likes to eat plants, avoid toxic varieties. A few to look out for include lilies, ivy, sago palms, philodendrons, aloe vera, azaleas, daffodils and carnations. Other things to be aware of are mouse baits, fruit stones, garden mulch and fertilisers.

Pets are Messy

When pets play outdoors they can be messy, and your landscaping choices can affect the amount of destruction they can do. Give them room to run, and consider paving near any doorways to avoid muddy paws running through the house. Depending on your pet and how determined they are, protecting your plants could be as simple as having a raised garden bed with a retaining wall. Footpaths will give them somewhere to run, and plenty of toys could distract them from any digging out of boredom. For dogs who like to bury their bones, a designated digging area might be the only solution. If you choose grass, go for a hardy variety which can withstand an active animal. Any lawn will require regular mowing and maintenance to prevent grass seeds which could potentially cause your pet discomfort.

Comfortable Surroundings

Your outdoor area should be comfortable for your pets, particularly if they will be spending the majority of their day outside. Shaded areas and shelter will be essential, as are floored areas which won’t get too hot underfoot. With hot summer days it doesn’t take long for little paws to burn. Look for materials which allow them to explore their surroundings without creating a mess – they may even enjoy a fresh water feature. You can create a specific area for your pets to play, noting it may take some time to establish new rules. Often pets can be clever escape artists, so your landscaping should include a high quality fence.

A Space Everyone Can Enjoy

When it is time to plan your landscape design you should always consider the function of your space. If you have pets you will need to take their needs into account to keep them comfortable and safe. Having an outdoor area which is safe for pets, and enjoyable for their human owners is possible. At Allscapes WA we are experienced in landscaping in Perth, and can assist you in creating an outdoor area which fits your specific needs. If you would like to chat with us about your project, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us today.


How to Look After Your Lawn in Summer

During the Australian summer our temperatures are known to soar. This can cause our lawns to suffer from the heat, and it is important to be prepared in order to maintain their lush green appearance. Regardless of the variety of your lawn, some of the hottest days can cause heat shock, but we have a few tips to get you through. Learn how to look after your lawn this summer:

Mowing Your Lawn

The frequency in which you mow your lawn in summer will depend on the type of grass you have, and how healthy it is. Some types of lawn are dormant in summer and will not need to be mowed very often. However, those healthy, summer growing varieties which are well watered will grow plenty of green leaf (and probably plenty of weeds).

As a general rule, only mow a third of the length of the grass. Mowing your lawn too short or too often can cause it to thin out and make it susceptible to the heat, weeds and bugs. Letting the grass grow too long can also cause problems because the bottom layer may suffer damage from the heat. Always use a sharp blade on your mower and try to mow when the weather cools down, either early morning or later in the day. This will help prevent any freshly mowed tips from burning. It may be tempting to mow after the summer rain, however it is recommended you wait until the lawn is dry as it will be easier to cut and give you a more even finish.

Fertilising Your Lawn

When your lawn is well fertilised it will be healthier and less susceptible to any pests or diseases. However, you should never fertilise lawn which is dormant, so check your variety before proceeding. We recommend you thoroughly water your lawn a week before feeding. Fertilising your lawn regularly will keep it looking green, but be aware as this will also mean you will need to increase the frequency of mowing and watering. Fertilise your lawn on cooler days, early mornings or evenings as it must be immediately watered into the soil and off the grass to prevent burning.

Watering Your Lawn

Consistent watering is the key to maintaining a lush, green lawn throughout the summer months and this may be easier with an automatic reticulation system. It is important to establish a healthy deep root system, and newly planted lawns will need careful watering while they are in the early stages of growth. Depending on the soil type, moisture will be absorbed and retained at different rates, so getting the watering right can be difficult and sometimes a case of trial and error.

You should check for signs of drought and heat stress on a regular basis, remembering you will need more water after days of intense heat, drought, low humidity or high dry winds. It is recommended that you water the lawn deeply twice a week, in the early morning or evening unless there has been a downpour.

Wetting Agents

There are certain soil types which become very dry and water repellent in summer, causing water to run off the soil instead of holding it. Wetting agents coat the soil with a special substance which attracts water and breaks down the soil coating.

Weeding Your Lawn

Unfortunately, in summer weeds can be a nuisance, especially the drought resistant dandelion and other varieties which have long root systems. Dig the weeds out by hand in the cooler evenings and avoid using chemical weed sprays in high temperatures. If you use a weed killer, always follow the instructions on the label. Keeping on top of your weeds and regularly pulling them out will help keep them at bay.

Be Water Wise

Conserving water can be crucial in Australia during the summer months, with some councils imposing restrictions in times of drought. You may face government restrictions to water only on certain days at certain times. If this is the case, deep watering will mean you only need to water your lawns twice a week. Alternatively, you can keep an eye on your lawn to see when it starts to wilt. This is a signal that it’s time to give a heavier watering.

The way you care for your lawn in summer will depend on where you are located and the variety you have chosen. If you would like assistance with landscaping in Perth please contact us.

Tips for Designing an Outdoor Entertainment Area

Summer is just around the corner and when the warmer weather hits you will want to make the most of your outdoor entertaining area. Designing a space which is both inviting and practical can be a challenge and will take some forward planning. Enjoying the sunset with friends, family BBQs and a quiet drink at the end of a long working day are all activities which deserve a dedicated area outdoors.

At Allscapes WA we can expertly assist you with any landscaping requirements, and here are our top tips for designing an outdoor entertainment area:

Understand the Space

When designing your outdoor entertainment area, it is important to understand what it will be used for, and how much time you have to maintain it. Be strategic with positioning to make the most of the sun and the shaded areas. If you have a pool, consider paving seamlessly between the seated area and the wet area to maintain a sense of consistency. Plan which areas may benefit from greenery, retaining walls, paths and lawn, with artificial lawn also being a practical option. The function of your space will determine what you want outdoors, whether it is a bar or an area to play cricket, your design should suit your lifestyle. Even a small outdoor area can accommodate guests by using a minimalistic approach.

Bring the Inside Out

One trend we have been seeing lately is merging the indoors with the outdoors. Comfortable seating, and colours which reflect the indoors will blur the lines between the two areas. Outdoor kitchens are popular, and the result is no one being left out of the conversation by having to rush inside to wash the dishes. There is now a range of outdoor furniture and cushions which are both cosy and weatherproof, and these allow you to infuse some style into your entertainment area. A television and speakers can create ambience, and give the space a living room feel without sacrificing the unique outdoor setting.

Create a Focal Point

An entertainment area will be enhanced when you have a focal point. This could be a firepit or feature wall, and should be a piece which brings everything together. If you are short on space, this feature could be something as simple as a retaining wall filled with colourful plants, or a unique bush placed where everyone can see it. Stone tiles, a quirky outdoor stool or even mood lighting will accentuate the area, depending on the theme you have chosen. An outdoor pizza oven gives a rustic feel, while still being practical for entertaining.

A Comfortable Design

In addition to your outdoor entertaining area being easy to manage with all the aesthetic features you want, it should be a space which oozes comfort. You can use the space all year round with a few simple installations. You can include gas heating, outdoor fireplaces or fire pits for winter use, and outdoor blinds are an effective way to shield you from any wind or rain. In summer, ceiling fans will circulate the air, and plants can be placed in highly lit positions to offer additional shade. The right landscaping will make your outdoor entertaining area low maintenance all year round, and reduce the amount of mud being dragged through the house.


At Allscapes WA we can assist with all of your landscaping needs and create an outdoor space you will be able to enjoy. Please contact us today to find out how we can transform your entertaining area.

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