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Covering Garden with Bark..A good idea for dogs?

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 09:18

Thanks everyone. From what I've read online it seems to be the cocoa bark that's dangerous for dogs (because it's from cocoa plants, same as chocolate being bad for dogs). I doubt the stuff down at B&Q is from cocoa plants.

Anyway, I went down to B&Q last night and they do a few varieties. They do small bark chips, large bark chips, playbark and soft bark chips. They also do coloured bark but staying away from that.

We ended up buying 4 bags of large bark for starters (We need approx 20 bags to cover the area we're talking about) and we're thinking of putting the large bark down first then playbark on top but will see how it goes.

Covering Garden with Bark..A good idea for dogs?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 16:45

Hi Philippa,

The idea of bark isn't purely as a weed suppressant, but it's more to act as a temporary covering for the soil over winter. I don't want to put grass seed down ideally as it's a bit of an awkward area to get to with a lawn mower (lots of odd shaped planters sunk in the ground, etc. 

Covering Garden with Bark..A good idea for dogs?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 16:42

Hi Orchid Lady,

Thanks - I had heard that about some bark being poisonous to dogs but I'm always very skeptical of things like that. I have been looking online and B&Q do natural softwood bark that looks like it may be ok but planning on going and reading the packaging tonight. 

The only other option I can think of is gravel/stones which would be useful as hardcore for paving anyway but I know the dogs won't thank me for putting lumpy stones down that will hurt their little feet.

Covering Garden with Bark..A good idea for dogs?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 15:48

Hi all.

Since the last time I posted on here, we have bought a new house. The garden was completely covered in large stones and decking which we have now removed and we're now at the point where the garden is down to just soil.

Our garden is in a sort of L shape but with the corner missing (if that makes sense). The main part of the garden runs along the back of the house and measures approx 8 x 12m. This is going to be 'our garden' with grass, patio, etc, etc,

The other part of the garden runs along the side of the house and measures approx 6.5 x 10.5m. This part of the garden is currently home to 2 sheds. Eventually, we want to split this area into two and paving both areas. One part will be for the dogs and one part will be an outdoor kitchen type area with the BBQ, etc. However, at present we can't afford to do this so we are looking for a quick and cheap solution to see us through the winter to prevent the dogs from getting filthy when they're let out. the area is currently unlevel, we were thinking of covering the entire area with bark which should be fairly soft on the dogs paws but I was wondering if I could have your thoughts on whether this is a good idea. 

In theory, it would probably be cheaper to turf or seed the area but at least the bark will help to kill the bits of grass and weed that's there at present so that when we do pave the area, everything under the paving will be dead, but happy to listen to thoughts.

Reducing the Noise from Road

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 12:01

Thanks for all the really useful thoughts and opinions. 

The issue with not buying is that my wife has fallen for the house (she fell for it before we even viewed it), so not buying it really isn't an option. The same house would also cost us approx £50k more in a quieter area.

When we viewed the house, it was 12noon on a Saturday so is expected to be busier than normal. I am not expecting to be able to remove the road noise completely but if I can reduce it by 50% somehow, that would make the garden much nicer.

Reducing the Noise from Road

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 14:51

Hi All,

First post here so I really hope someone can help.

We're looking at buying a house where the garden backs on to a busy main road. Currently, there is a wall with top half being wooden fence between the garden and the footpath that goes along the road, however, when viewing the house, this appeared to be totally inadequate. 

I've read that planting a dense hedge of treas, etc, will help, but the garden's not really big enough to accommodate that, so I was just wondering if anyone could advise a possible solution?

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