Yes, You CAN Have A Nice Yard AND A Dog – Come Learn Some New Tricks!

FREEPORT, Ill., March 15, 2016 — Spring is finally here, and that means many people are looking forward to enjoying time gardening and making their yards attractive.  Many are probably also looking forward to spending time outdoors with their dog.  The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive!

There’s no doubt that pets can wreak havoc in a garden, but if you plan ahead, you can minimize that while also ensuring their safety. What is dangerous for them? How can you create a space that meets their needs…and yours? And how can you do it in such a way that you have more time for them and spend less time pulling weeds or planting replacements for something that’s been dug up?  U of I Extension Master Gardener Marilyn Smit will show you how you don’t have to give up one for the other.

A practically minded farmer’s daughter and owner of several dogs, including two therapy dogs, Smit will cover plants (flowers, edibles, shrubs), lawn care, plant barriers, and how to steer clear of hazards in this free presentation sponsored by Carlson Canine Camp and the U of I Extension.  The program will be held on Thursday, March 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport.  Gardening door prizes from local garden nurseries, lawn care providers, and Carlson Canine Camp will be awarded, and light refreshments will be served. Yep, you can teach an old – or new – gardener new tricks!

(Note: most tips in this session also apply to gardening for parents of young children.)

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