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    Default Dog proof plant and gardens.

    Well, I've watched it slowly but surely happen over the last six months. The goofs have pretty much destroyed my backyard gardens.

    Been a ex landscaper (till i blew my back out a few years ago, never to return to the industry).. i'm a bit fussy about nice gardens. so enough is enough....time to clean the place up and start again.

    Thing is i did mostly hardscape....like rockwork, retaining walls, waterfalls etc, etc and left the planting up to others so i need ideas on what plants you guys find doggy proof if theres such a thing.

    Its not so much the eating of plants....they usually fall victim to big dog zoomies. So i'm considering big rock features/edges/borders to at least slow the buggers down. We live right on the coastline so i need salt tolerant plants although our soil is pretty good, and not to sandy at all.

    Living in a sub tropical kinda area Palms do well so a tropical/Bali theme is what i want to go with.

    Bromelaids have already miserably failed as the goofs tear them to shreds deliberately. The only survivors at the moment are the big palms and alot of Agave's. I'm thinking of mass planting more of these along with Cycads but i'd like a few ideas if anyone has any. I need some colour other than green, somehow or rather.


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    I know nothing about plants and gardens...My garden is mainly filled with tree's and larger plants that the dogs would have to play a decent game of tug to kill them
    I dont see Koda knocking over a lemon tree during zoomies

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    Sean, I was gonna say stay away from broms if your dogs are anything like Abe. He's also stripping bark off calistamens, breaking cordylines off and carrying the top around with him. He prunes small limbs off lilly pillys, magnolias, mulch is pushed up against the fence so he has his 'zoomie' turn at the bottom of the yard cambered properly. My material possessions are pretty much intact but my garden, like yours, has seen better days. It sounds like you know what you're doing, and I doubt I could suggest anything you haven't already thought of. Palms do seem like a safe bet, and if I could suggest anything it would be researching the plants native to your area, see if you can find some variations in foliage colour that will do well where you are. My red Cordylines are pretty much sticks poking out of the ground so I wouldn't suggest them

    Good luck, please tell us what you come up with in the end, I may follow suit when the big fella has matured somewhat....

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    Sean, i have gone for 'sculptures'. Massive fallen dried logs, rocks, garden art, trees. Using lillydale toppings with concrete as the zoomie run flooring.
    The single plant that withstands mine, is a massive 9ft high ornamental grass, this is their den, in the middle of it. The dive through it, round it. and 2yrs later, it still lives.

    I also recommend passion fruit. Lots of green, and indestructible after 6 months as it takes over.

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    He,he....thanks guys...sounds like we are all in the same boat with the gardens.
    Bernie, i like the idea of the ornamental grass. I forgot all about them till you mentioned it. Theres a nice big purple one that grows well around here so they are going on the list for sure. Theres lots of big driftwood stumps and trunks on the rocky forshore across the road so i might nab a few of them aswell. I've been meaning to replace my last passion fruit vine that was ancient too.
    Dhru, yes all my nice big red cordylines have been snapped off too !! I've saved most of them and mass planted them in a large pot...so far so good. And i know all to well about the cambered zoomie corners LOL
    MDD...Thanks...sounds like your winning the war. I've already got a nice big lemon tree and currently cant use my lemons fast enough.!!!

    I'll keep ya's updated if i have a win.


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    I had Ornamental Grass ( mostly fountaingrass ) and it seemed like it was a tick haven. Frequently found ticks on the dogs we had at the time. I ended up getting rid of the fountaingrasses and the tick problem was gone !
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=577&dateline=12727082  14

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    Thanks for the heads up Mitte. We are very lucky in Bundaberg that ticks arnt a issue. In nearly 6 years living here i havnt had a single tick on any of my dogs. !!! Even the vets tell me its very rare to see ticks on suburban dogs here. I'll be keeping a eye out for any of the little blood suckers though. Thanks. Nothing sadder than seeing a paralysed pooch.


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    I was going to suggest cordylines as colour but - erm that has been blown out of the water. lol
    I have thought about various rock/log plant combos that would look nice but do not want to create a lovely habitat
    for snakes and cane toads.
    Our next door neighbour has a very overgrown bush block that harbours giant goannas, foxes and even the odd dingox.
    (as we have chooks (yum) all these animals come to visit now and again.
    Keeps us busy fortifying fencing etc.

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    Good point chubb....we do get alot of snakes. Bit cold for them right now but come summer they'll be back for sure. Luckily both my goofs know to steer clear of Cane toads. I know Mojo learnt the hard way but Bronx must of had an encounter before i got him. He wont go near them.


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    'Sean' - I really hope that you will keep this thread going - so we all can see the finished product and pinch some of your ideas !

    With 2 very large pups - follow the KISS principle. I have planted a lot of natives and koala trees. Have purchased them as tube stock - all have grown very well and decent heights within 2 years.

    This year I am going to concentrate on native fruit trees and some dwarf fruit varieties - like 'lots of lemons' and the like for some big pots near the front door.

    I don't plant on the fence line - because this is Riley's security walkway - where he checks on all the neighbours and makes sure that all is right in his world!

    I found some links for you! The first 2 are my most favourite sites - they have so many really good ideas.

    Gardening Australia - Video

    Free Interactive Garden Design Tool - No Software Needed! Plan-A-Garden - BHG.com

    The next link is from the AVA on poisonous plants - scroll down a bit - but there is no point doing all the work and finding out that the plants that you like are no good for the pups!

    http://www.ava.com.au/sites/default/..._Digital_0.pdf

    I can't wait to see what you come up with - as you were in the 'game' so to speak!

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