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Dogscaping: Creating the Perfect Backyard and Garden for You and Your Dog
For dog owners and garden lovers alike, Dogscaping presents a plan for the family dog to live in perfect harmony with a green, beautiful backyard. Whether the family dog is a demon digger like a terrier or a shade-seeking greyhound, Dogscaping offers solutions for all dog owners to create the perfect backyard and garden for all members of the human and canine family. Tom B ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Lumina Media
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Okay, I saw the title of this book and was curious. Then I saw the German Shepherd pup on the cover and the book went immediately into my library bag. While some of the projects are skimpy on details, the overall concept and topics of this book are well done. Barthel reminds dog owners that their backyards may not be picture perfect when having a dog, but they can be lovely areas enjoyed by humans and canines alike. The key is to know your dog, her habits and behaviors, and make room for both of ...more
This is a general guide to sharing your yard with dogs. Pretty specific as in breeds as well. Some points are no brainers for experienced dog owners. There is a little bit of everything in here including organic gardening for your dog, recycling,recipes for lawn care etc. The only thing I did not agree with is the fish section. as some one who raised koi I know a little knowledge can be dangerous. He covers a little in a few paragraphs and I urge people who are interested in koi keeping to do mo ...more
The best thing I learned reading this is that bald spots on your lawn are not caused by your dog tearing up the grass - rather, the dogs weight compacts the dirt and prevents grass from growing. Lawn aeration is the answer and this tip worked. However, the rest of the book had a lot of ideal "eye-candy" that I would not be able to afford - even at do-it-yourself prices.
Picked this up because of the GSD on the cover. It's an introduction for those who are clueless on sharing their yards with canines. Touches on concepts of organic gardening, plant selection, garden design, dog training. Very superficial if you have no background on these topics. And if you do, then this book is mostly about the pics.