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Make Sure Your Gardening Choices Are Safe for Pets!

Did you know that there are several popular plants and gardening products that can be hazardous to your pet?  By consulting with or utilizing a professional lawn care service, people can keep their pets safe while still enjoying the green thumb lifestyle and all of the benefits that come with an attractive yard.

Cocoa mulch is a very popular option for gardening because of its rich brown color and sweet smell of chocolate. Cocoa mulch contains the remnants of cocoa bean shells that have been used in the production of chocolate. Much like the finished product, cocoa bean shells can be toxic to dogs. A dog that consumes chocolate or cocoa bean shells can suffer from a wide variety of ailments, including elevated heart rate, diarrhea, muscle tremors, vomiting, seizures or even death. Fortunately, there are several other less-toxic mulch mixes that are available, including mulches with a pine or cedar bark base. An expert with ABC Home & Commercial Services can offer you more information about other pet and environmentally friendly options are available.

Pet owners will also want to be aware of lantana plants. These flowering plants are visible throughout the landscape of College Station, and their popularity derives from their ability to resist the Texas heat. However, lantana plants are toxic to most animals, and their aromatic, brightly colored flowers might be an attractive snack for pets. There are several other plants that pet owners need to be wary of, including sago palms, azaleas, rhododendrons and oleander. These plants can cause heart or liver failure in animals.

ABC Home & Commercial Services can provide you with landscaping, gardening and lawn care in Bryan-College Station TX that’s safe for your pets and will still look great!

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