Creating Pet-friendly Spaces

Every pet owner knows that your furry friend is an important part of your family! When creating a functional landscape plan for your property, it is key to consider how you, your family, and your friends will use the space and how your dog or cat will use it. At Greely Sand & Gravel, we want to help you create spaces that everyone in the family can enjoy, including those furbabies!

There are several different ways to create a pet-friendly area in your yard or incorporate pet-friendly materials into your overall landscaping design. First, consider whether you want to create a dedicated pet space or go for a more multi-purpose area. This can depend on many factors, including how many pets you have, how much time they spend outside, and the size and shape of your property.

Once you decide on your layout, the next step is to choose what products you will use to create your pet-friendly space. When it comes to dogs and cats, you want to select products that are safe, easy to walk on, and also help control odours that can accompany animal waste. At Greely Sand & Gravel, we recommend three different product options for creating pet-friendly spaces:

  • Decomposed Granite
  • Playground Stone
  • ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone

All three products are high-quality, aesthetically pleasing, and create a clean, neutral look for any area of your yard, regardless of whether you have pets! We recommend these smaller stones because they are typically easier to walk on and provide more stability if you plan to add any outdoor furniture to the space.

When it comes to specifically pet-friendly features, the odour-dispelling properties of Decomposed Granite are a definite plus. In addition to being one of the more visually appealing landscaping products, Decomposed Granite is much finer and more stable than traditional gravel and packs down well to create a safe and stable walking surface for people and pets.

You may have noticed our Greely Sand & Gravel Decomposed Granite in the Fallowfield Via Rail Memorial Park or the Jack Purcell Dog Park in Ottawa. Tried and tested in areas of all shapes and sizes, Decomposed Granite remains a trusted customer favourite for creating pet-friendly spaces.

If you need to cover a large area and are looking for a product that is both affordable and pet-friendly, our Playground Stone is a great option to consider. Rigorously tested for safety, Greely Sand & Gravel’s Playground Stone provides excellent durability at a value-minded price point. In terms of pet-friendly spaces, this option is better suited for cats and smaller dogs due to the very small stone size.

Lastly, Greely Sand & Gravel’s ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone is a classic customer favourite. Locally sourced and composed of a beautiful array of colourful hues, this stone is more decorative and can boost your home's curb appeal. Additionally, the size and shape of the stones make picking up and disposing of pet waste a breeze.

Interested in learning more about creating a pet-friendly outdoor space at your home? Visit our comprehensive online store today, or call our friendly team at 613-821-3003. We can’t wait to help you pick the perfect product for your whole family, furry friends and all!