Denver, CO, June 09, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Elizabeth Bublitz, owner and creator of Pawfriendly Landscapes is featured in the pet magazine, Rocky Mountain Tails. Rocky Mountain Tails is a division of a national pet magazine, Tails, that is free to consumers. It is based out of Chicago and promotes responsible pet guardianship.
Bublitz was delighted to be approached by Rocky Mountain Tails because they promote pets as family members. She explains, "As Rocky Mountain Tails says, 'they are committed to consistently presenting ways to be part of the solutions - empowering the community to make a difference for animals," she continues, "my company teaches homeowners how to have a beautiful yard while keeping their dogs happy and safe in it. My clients do not need to fight their dog's habits anymore, we simply work with them and let them add interest to their yard."
With spring and summer in the air, flowers are blooming, and it’s time to get the lawn mower out of storage. While you may appreciate your finely manicured lawn and beautiful flower beds, chances are your furry friend doesn’t. When Fido digs, runs, and eats his way around the yard like a miniature furry Godzilla, Elizabeth Bublitz of Pawfriendly Landscapes can save the day (and your yard).
“We get the call that the dog ate the yard,” she says with a laugh. Bublitz started Pawfriendly Landscapes (then Home and Garden Landscapes) 10 years ago, back when the phrase “pet-friendly landscaping” drew funny looks. Operating Colorado’s only pet-friendly landscape company, Bublitz still gets a lot of questions, but her business is soaring—she’s currently booked through July and started taking on projects as early as February this year. Each project varies—some take hours, others weeks or months. As an animal lover and landscaper, Bublitz was saddened by how frustrated people were with their pets and knew she could help with a solution—pet-friendly landscaping.
What makes Bublitz’s work so pet friendly?
“I design the yard based on the dog’s habits,” she explains.
Her clients come to her with pets who wreak havoc on the yard—from digging to peeing to escaping. Bublitz collects information about the yard and the pet and then creates a customized landscape that the client can either create herself or take to a contractor.
For example, if Fido is constantly digging for buried treasure in the grass and trampling on the sod, one practical and attractive solution is to install a flagstone walkway that encompasses the area in which the dog likes to dig. Other dogs are fond of running back and forth, which wears out the grass. Bublitz’s solution is to create a “runway,” either from mulch or flagstone.
Pawfriendly Landscapes also uses pet-friendly materials like CMC Edging, which does not cut paws. Bublitz stays away from ornamental grasses, toxic plants, and bee-attracting plants for the sake of the pet’s safety.
Bublitz estimates that 99 percent of her clients have dogs, though she does get calls from people who don’t have pets. As a parent to three dogs and three cats (all rescues), Bublitz gives a 5 percent discount to clients whose pets came from shelters.
“We really want to give back to the people who give to animals,” she says. Bublitz talks with an excitement that can only come from doing what you love.
“I have no complaints in life. I get to merge what I love—plants, landscaping, and pets. I’m probably the happiest person I know!” she says.
In January, Bublitz and veterinarian Judith H. Spurling published a book, Pawfriendly Landscapes: How to share the turf when your backyard belongs to Barney. The book is full of tips and techniques for home owners and landscaping professionals who want to cater their yard to their pet. Bublitz said the book is the result of 10 years of experience and a lot of trial and error. Some of the proceeds will go to Good Samaritan Pet Agency in Denver.
For more information and to see when Bublitz will be holding a book signing near you, visit PawfriendlyLandscapes.com.