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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2010, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Havanese friendly mulch for yard??

We're finally going to put real landscaping into our back yard. There won't be a lawn, it's too shady.

We made our garden design/plan before we got Phoebe but it looks like the only change I need to make is to eliminate the Daphne bushes I had wanted. Everything else is great. But I would like the mulch to stay on the ground outside rather than slowly move indoors. I'm wondering which mulch to use in a yard with a Havanese! In the long run I'm planning to keep her head and tail pretty long and the coat on her body/legs only a few inches long.

Suggestions? Fir mulch, small tanbark?? What works for you guys?



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Small cedar chips are easy on paws yet large enough so they won't cling to silky coats.
(this is the size we have in our dog park. I usually don't have to do much grooming after a play session if a good layer of chips have been spread. I've also heard cedar chips help repel fleas.

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I'm always having problems with my fur kids EATING and CHEWING the mulch. For that reason I don't buy any treated or colored mulch.

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Here's a thread w/some good info on Hav friendly landscaping, including mulch.

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I've heard that cocoa mulch is poison to dogs......-

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I share this space with Pixie and Daisy. In the summer we have an umbrella. You can't see it, and they are recovering from frost but I have two trellis' for wisteria and bleeding heart.
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Susan - what a beautiful space!

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Thank you. We live on over an acre and have a dog wire fence for my golden. I never trained Pixie on it. I know they have collars for small dogs but just never did it. Pixie does have the run with Katie in the main yard and never gets close to the boundries as she stays close to Katie. So far I have not let the puppy, Daisy out there as I still keep her on a leash until she learns the yards scents. The garden became my little project after our two hurricanes, Jeanne and Francis destroyed alot of our yard. This little area became my "safe" garden place. It's fenced in by fencing or hedging so I can enjoy my gardening and not worry about the fur babies straying to far.

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Thanks for the ideas. Hopefully I will have live ground cover (creeping thyme and other low growing herbs) so I'm not sure how much mulch will be around. Too bad about the cocoa mulch! I've used it before on my roses in the front yard- it smells wonderful! but apart from toxicity, I'm pretty sure it would completely coat my dog, then my floors! What I hate is when she rummages through the sequoia rubble on the ground. Some of it will catch in her fur and needs to be carefully pulled out.



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