Sunday, June 5, 2011

Improve Dog Kennel Appearance

Dog kennels come in a variety of sizes; however most kennels are all made from chain link fencing and tend to be an eye sore.  

The dog kennel is a great way to protect your yard and gardens from your family dog.  A dog that has limited space will not transplant your flowers, dig trenches in your yard or chew or trample your gardens and thus a kennel is a necessity.  However in order to make the kennel eye appealing you will need to be creative and choose  kennel materials that do not interfere with   your landscape. Follow these tips to Improve your dog kennels appearance so that it adds curb appeal to home.

Choosing Dog Kennel Location
Decide the best location for the dog kennel.  Select an area that is away from your outdoor living spaces.  The back corner of your yard close to a large shade tree or on the side of your home would be ideal kennel locations.  

Improve Kennel Appearance
If dog kennels had lush grass flooring then the kennel would be eye appealing, but that is not the case.  Dog like to dig and most kennels have dirt floors with pot holes.  

Improve the appearance of your chain link dog run or kennel by installing a kennel deck.  The  deck is a good way to stop your dogs from digging in the kennel.  The custom fit deck flooring will comfort your dog by keeping them warmer in winter and cooler in summer.  The deck flooring is easy to install and is less money than pouring a cement floor.

Another way to improve the appearance is to install dog kennel cover that has UV protection. The top comes in a variety of colors that will compliment your landscape.  When you add a kennel top along with the platform flooring you will improve the dog kennels appearance. 
Improve kennel appearance with landscape

Landscape Dog Kennel

  1. Make the dog kennel attractive by planting evergreen hedges or shrubs in front of the chain link fencing.  
  2. Plant a fast growing shrub such as the Arborvitae Emerald Green.  The shrubs block the view and will buffer the barking dogs.  The evergreen hedge will also insulate the kennel by blocking wind, snow, ice and add shade to the kennel. When you look at your yard you will no longer view a six foot chain link kennel but instead you will see an evergreen hedge.
  3. Camouflage kennel with sweet autumn clematis or honeysuckle.  These fast growing vines will cover the chain link fencing with lush greenery and sweetly scented flowers.  
  4. Attach a trellis to the fence and then plant vines 18 inches apart.  Grow vines in a sunny location with well drained soil.  Apply mulch to keep the roots shaded and cool.
  5. Conceal the dog kennel by landscaping with ornamental grasses.  Choose the varieties of grasses that exceed six feet in height; fountain, feather reed or zebra grass and grow them in the border. 
  6. Plant medium height oriental fountain grass Karley Rose  in the front of the tall varieties and then in the front plant blue fescue  or liriope grass. An ornamental grass garden will improve the appearance of dog kennel.   The grass looks attractive summer through early winter.  Prune in early spring.

Other Dog Kennel Tips
Plant a garden of fragrant herbs close to the dog kennel.  A raised herb garden with peppermint, lavender, sweet basil, rosemary and red bee balm will scent the air.  These aromatic herbs will also repel mosquitoes and ticks.

Notes by Sgolis:

I shopped at for all of my grasses, flowers, herbs and evergreen shrubs that i used to landscape around my dog kennel. Normally I do not like shopping online for live plants but I was very impressed with the customer service and the shipping of the plants.

The owner of the company gives personalized service, normally you do not find this at a website or even at a hometown garden center.  So if you are looking for landscape plants for your dog kennel then I recommend shopping at greenwood nursery. 

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Greenwood Nursery said...

Good tips Susan. I didn't know about decking for kennels. Great idea!

S Golis said...

Thanks Greenwood Nursery: The Deck is great because it prevents the dog from digging plus it is more comfortable for the dog to lie on. Keeps the dog cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Plus it looks 1000 times better then a dusty kennel floor with no grass. My boxer Lily was always trying to escape, digging huge holes. The kennel decking has put a stop to that.