Create a dog lover's garden

Dogs that dig, run, and chew are not often compatible with carefully plotted yards, but you can create a garden that is hardy enough for your dog and delicate enough to nurture your gardener's soul.

Follow these tips to help build an outdoor oasis for you and your dog:

Use chicken wire to prevent digging. Lay down a sheet of chicken wire over the garden's surface and allow plants to grow up through it, preventing your dog from digging.

Eliminate urine spots. Because dogs tend to urinate in the same area, high levels of salts in their urine cause brown spots on lawns and gardens. Rather than watering the entire lawn, wash down your dog's favorite locations every two to three days.

Don't use dog feces for compost. Because diseases such as E. coli can be transmitted through dog feces, dispose of your dog's waste in a sanitary landfill instead. —Courtesy of Chuck Marr, professor of horticulture, Kansas State University