Make your gardens beautiful and SAFE!

Take a good look at your gardens! Make them safe and beautiful.

Gardens create décor for our homes, sources for food, places for entertainment, rest and relaxation, sports and games and a playground for children and pets. They can add a lot to our property values and the quality of our lives. But most importantly, they must be safe. We need to keep hazardous chemicals properly stored, sharp or dangerous materials out of harm’s way, and areas easy and safe to walk through. Less obvious, though, is the danger that can be posed by the very plants that make our gardens beautiful and useful. Since some plants can be poisonous to children and pets, it is important to be aware of these. I have listed some common outdoor and indoor plants below.

When you get rid of weeds in your garden, make sure you don’t get rid of Rover as well. Keep in mind that landscaping aids that make your plants healthy can make your pets sick. The following landscaping staples can harm your pets:

Cocoa mulch: Contains theobromine, the chemical in chocolate that poisons dogs.
Fertilizers and herbicides: Can irritate pet skin, pads, tongues, and gums.
Compost: Ingesting coffee grinds and onions in compost piles can make pets ill.

OUTDOOR PLANTS TO AVOID

Aconitum (Monkshood)
Aloe (some are irritants)
Alocasia (Elephant ears)
Alstroemaeria (can cause dermatitis)
Amarylis belladona (Naked Lady)
Anemone (Windflower)
Asclepias (Milkweed)
Cestrum nocturnum (Night Jessamine)
Convallaria (Lilly of the Valley)
Duranta (berries)
Euphorbia (white milky sap)
Gelseminm (Carolina Jessamine)
Heliotrope (Cherry Pie plant)
Ligustrum (Privet)
Nerium oleander
Potato (green skin + raw shoots)
Rhododendron and Azalea (leaves)
Rhubarb (leaves)
Ricinus (Castor bean)
Robinia (Locust trees)
Solanum jasminoides (Potato vine)
Schinas (CA pepper tree- dermatitis)
Taxus (Yews)

INDOOR PLANTS TO AVOID

Amaryllis (bulbs)
Caladium (juice can cause swelling of mucous membranes)
Christmas Poinsettia (Euphorbia)
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia)
Diffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
Ivy (can cause dermatitis)
Olea (unprocessed olives are inedible)
Solanum pseudpseudocapsicum (Christmas Cherry)

CREATE A BEAUTIFUL BUT SAFE GARDEN…..DON’T FORGET TO SMELL THE ROSES AND SIT BACK AND ENJOY IT!

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