Landscaping and yard maintenance can be a little more difficult if you have a dog or cat. Beyond their knack for digging, dogs and cats also tend to chew and scratch at the most random of objects, just for the fun of it. For this reason, it can be difficult to rest easy thinking that your Oakville landscape lighting system is safe.
It’s time to upgrade to pet-friendly residential lighting. Nite Time Décor Oakville wants to see your home in happy harmony. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of techniques to help you keep both your landscape lighting system and pets safe from harm.
Eliminate hiding spots
Dogs and cats love hunting through bushes. Beyond bringing back the usual hunted rodents, or leaving large holes behind, this can also cause major damage to your Oakville landscape lighting. Any hidden fixture within the foliage could become prey for your pet, and they may begin to gnaw on the strange objects out of curiosity. This is particularly true for cats, which chew on foliage. This can either hurt your pet or hurt your fixtures and wires, or both!
The best thing to do is to trim back your foliage surrounding your Nite Time Décor Oakville fixtures. Don’t hide anything, and keep an eye on your pets for the first little while so that you can discourage them if they go near the fixtures.
Any wires that are near the surface of the soil are in danger of being chewed. Block the wires from furry foes with mulch or rock coverings. Laying down a bed of decorative rocks, or even just a couple larger rocks, will stop your pets from being able to dig down into the soil and come across a wire. You may also want to consider a bed of rocks surrounding any landscape lighting fixtures that are installing above the ground.
If you have old and exposed wires or surface-level landscape lighting, it may be best to rethink your lighting design. Decorative rocks aren’t always going to protect your fixtures if you have an avid digger or chewer.
Why not bring in Nite Time Décor Oakville to help you create pet-friendly residential lighting. Our service teams will cover exposed wires, and can reinstall fixtures in safer areas. If you want a complete overhaul of your current system and want to install a design that is 100% pet-friendly, Nite Time Décor can help you map out the new system.
Keep up with maintenance
When you have a pet, it’s important to focus on damage control. Make a habit of inspecting your yard once or twice a week to check for any damage. It’s better to find the issues sooner rather than later, and have it fixed before the damage gets any worse. Broken fixtures and torn wires can be a major safety hazard for you, your pets and your family.
Send in your request for a complimentary quote from Nite Time Décor today. Making a pet-friendly residential lighting system doesn’t need to be difficult. All it takes is a responsible pet owner, a solid vision for design and experienced Oakville landscape lighting professionals.