Jeanna and Ron’s Dog-Resistant Raised Garden Bed

By: Thomas Boni

Jeanna Walters-Fancella and her husband, Ron, wanted to do two things: beautify their backyard and plant herbs to repel fleas and ticks.

Jeanna shared the details with us on the .

Pictured here is Ron with one of the couple’s dogs Sadie, a 1-year-old German shepherd.

The couple planted a raised garden bed around a tree.

The 6-by-8-foot top tier has hostas and the 9-by-10-foot bottom tier has herbs such as mint, rosemary and lavender.

Then they worked to make it dog-proof.

“We put chicken wire under the top layer of soil to help with digging when we take the garden fence down after the plants are mature,” Walters-Fancella says.

“Now to figure out how to plant new grass and keep the dogs from digging it up.”

Did You Know?

The best way to protect your garden from dogs is to train them to dig and urinate in certain areas, and to protect sensitive plants with fencing or wire plant cages.

Dog urine burns plants the same way that fertilizer does – with an overdose of nitrogen salts.

No plant is dog-proof, but here are a few ideas of plants that are believed to be more tolerant of pet urine and increased foot traffic. Learn more here>>

The couple’s backyard project was economical, too.

“We were able to save money by repurposing the wood fence from someone tearing theirs down so the dogs have a fenced in area to play,” Jeanna says.

She even found a place for extra herbs.

“Thought I would share this idea for cinder blocks also,” she says. “Great place for herbs.”

Learn More

If you’re new to gardening, one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to get started is by growing herbs.

Herbs are easy to grow, and you can grow everything from culinary herbs to aromatic or medicinal.

Here are some tips for planning and growing an herb garden>>


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Jeanna and Ron’s Dog-Resistant Raised Garden Bed