How to Make Your Patio Perfect for Pets

Enclosed Patios

Pets and patios can be a peculiar business. You want your outdoor addition to be resistant to the odd little mess and potential scratching, but comfortable enough to make your pets feel at home.
Thankfully, finding this balance doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are four basic steps to ensuring your patio is perfect for your pets.
  

1. Ditch the Dangerous Plants

Plants that seem like great additions to most gardens can actually be toxic to certain household pets. You’ve probably heard of lilies being poisonous to cats, but your feline friends can also be harmed by:

  • • Daffodils
  • • Tulips
  • • Aloe vera.
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    aloe-vera-cat 

    And just when you thought your dogs were safe, guess again. Most canines can be poisoned by:

  • • Daffodils
  • • Oleander
  • • Tulips
  • • Hyacinth.
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    The easy option is to chat to your vet, and do a little bit of research before decorating your patio with potted plants.

     

    2. Supply Some Shade

     

    Shady Boy 

    If you expect your pets to spend time outside, you’ll need to offer them some shelter from the elements. Uninsulated patio roofs can build up more heat than your average pet can withstand, whereas insulated roofing has a polystyrene core that acts as a thermal barrier against the harsh Australian sun.
     
     

    3. Where’s the Water?

     

    Where's The Water 

    Keeping your pets hydrated throughout the day is essential. But you also don’t want them knocking their water bowl over.

    Custom drinking wells aren’t just a helpful addition for your furry friend, but can also give your patio a stylish touch.

     

    4. Stay Stimulated

    Pets do the worst damage when they’re bored and under-stimulated. So, why not give them something to do? If you’re yet to start building your patio, be sure to leave enough room for your dog’s favourite toys, or even a cat habitat.
     

    Where's The Water 

     
    If you give your pets something to do, there’s a good chance you can keep them from damaging your flooring and furniture.

    To build a good patio for your good boys and girls, go to the good-est patio builders. Chat to Altec today and arrange a free design consultation and quote.
     

    The Best Plants for Your Patio

     

    No matter whether your patio is open, roofed or completely enclosed, a bit of greenery never goes astray. That little pop of colour can bring your outdoor space to life.
    But how do you make sure it can survive with limited light? And what if your plant completely takes over your patio?

    You can put all those worries to rest, because the experts at Altec have put together the ultimate guide to selecting plants for your patio.

    Enclosed Patios

    If you’re dealing with limited light, there are plenty of options for keeping your patio looking lush.
      

    Golden Cane Palm

     

    Golden Cane Palm 

    These impressive palms thrive in minimal light. You can even control the size and shape of the palm by selecting the right pot.
     

    Ferns

     

    Ferns 

    Ferns need more than their fair share of water and love. But sunlight? Absolutely not.

    They thrive on forest floors and in shady hideaways, so they’re perfect for enclosed patios. Just be sure to choose the right pot for your fern – they can grow bigger than you’d expect.
     

    Semi-Shaded Patios

    Perhaps the most ideal conditions for plants to thrive in is when they’ll see some morning sun, while being sheltered by the shade of your patio through the warmest hours of the day.
      

    Fuchsia

     

    Fuchsia 

    Morning sun and afternoon shade – that’s all it takes for these stunning flowers to shine. But you’ll want to make sure they don’t get more sun than they bargained for, or they could get cooked by the sun.  

    Pineapples

     

    Pinapples 

    Speaking of cooking, you can grow the ultimate tropical fruit in your very own patio! And unlike a lot of exotic fruits, the plant of the pineapple needs little-to-no attention. Just some sun every now and again, a brief bit of water, and it’ll take care of itself.

     

    Professional botanists have advised us pineapples actually come from trees, not tins.

     

    Full-Sun Patios

    Once you’ve paved or sealed an area, it’s easy for it to feel a little lifeless. To give the space a touch of liveliness, simply partner your patio with some potted plants.
      

    Rosemary

     

    Rosmary 

    It’s easy to grow, it loves the sun, and it’s delicious. What more could you ask for? 

    Bougainvillea

     

    Pinapples 

    These plants are essentially tough, thorny vines covered in pretty flowers. In fact, they’ll survive whatever wild conditions Australia can throw at ‘em.
    If you need a pop of colour, the bougainvillea might be your best bet.

    Looking for a little extra relief from the Aussie sun? Book Altec for a free consultation and get a quote for your new patio today!

     

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