Jeanna Walters-Fancella and her husband, Ron, wanted to do two things: beautify their backyard and plant herbs to repel fleas and ticks.

Jeanna shared the details with us on the Today’s Homeowner Facebook page.

Pictured here is Ron with one of the couple’s dogs Sadie, a 1-year-old German shepherd.

The couple planted a raised garden bed around a tree.

The 6-by-8-foot top tier has hostas and the 9-by-10-foot bottom tier has herbs such as mint, rosemary and lavender.

Then they worked to make it dog-proof.

“We put chicken wire under the top layer of soil to help with digging when we take the garden fence down after the plants are mature,” Walters-Fancella says.

“Now to figure out how to plant new grass and keep the dogs from digging it up.”

Did You Know?

The best way to protect your garden from dogs is to train them to dig and urinate in certain areas, and to protect sensitive plants with fencing or wire plant cages.

Dog urine burns plants the same way that fertilizer does – with an overdose of nitrogen salts.

No plant is dog-proof, but here are a few ideas of plants that are believed to be more tolerant of pet urine and increased foot traffic. Learn more here>>

The couple’s backyard project was economical, too.

“We were able to save money by repurposing the wood fence from someone tearing theirs down so the dogs have a fenced in area to play,” Jeanna says.

She even found a place for extra herbs.

“Thought I would share this idea for cinder blocks also,” she says. “Great place for herbs.”

Learn More

If you’re new to gardening, one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to get started is by growing herbs.

Herbs are easy to grow, and you can grow everything from culinary herbs to aromatic or medicinal.

Here are some tips for planning and growing an herb garden>>

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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