Guest LydzKyd Posted August 4, 2008 Share Posted August 4, 2008 We hope to be adopting our first greyhound soon. We have a small, urban fenced in yard with no grass, small amount of brick paving and a lot of dirt. We are trying to create a safe environment for our new family member. CALLING ALL GARDENERS! QUESTION: What can we safely plant as ground cover on our very shaded (about 95%) dirt patch we call a back yard? Safe = not toxic to dogs NO GRASS My husband does not want to plant grass. DIGGING UP BULBS Soon I will be digging up my tulip and daffodil bulbs because I know they are toxic to dogs. AZALEAS AND HOLLY I am hoping to keep my azaleas and holly bush, but they are also toxic and will get rid of them if people think the greys will eat them. Thoughts? OTHER PERENNIAL PLANTS We have 3 trees in the back yard, the biggest is the kwanzan cherry tree, as well as another inedible fruit bearing tree and a peach tree. We also have quite a collection of hostas, some strawberry plants and a lot of weeds. Any suggestions as to what would be safe to plant in our patch of dirt would be greatly appreciated. It just doesn't look nice to see raw earth. We live in Zone 5. (Pittsburgh, PA) Here's a picture of the back yard in springtime: I have notes on the picture in Flickr of what is in the yard. Thank you to previous posters who provided links for toxic plants. They were most helpful. Thanks, Lydia Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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