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Charlotte, NC
towncountry
Jan 30, 2018 11:47 AM CST
I would like to plant pennyroyal as a groundcover in part of my backyard to ward off ticks yet cover wooded ground, but my dog is frequently in the back. She does not make a habit of eating plants, though she will bite at plants if she thinks it could yield a stick for fetch. I have read that Pennyroyal can be poisonous to dogs. How concerned should I be? Can you suggest another groundcover that would require little light and deter ticks? Happily, it doesn't need to be deer resistant as the yard is fenced. Thank you!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 30, 2018 11:58 AM CST
Welcome!

Most plants are toxic to some degree - its their way of keeping from being eaten - but some are more toxic than others. Pennyroyal causes liver damage and failure so not a good one for your puppy to nibble on. If your dog has short hair, there is also a possibility of him absorbing a good enough dose through his skin by just taking a nap in the wrong place.

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Charlotte, NC
towncountry
Jan 30, 2018 2:03 PM CST
Thank you! If you can suggest any alternatives, I'd love to know what they are :-). Thanks again.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 30, 2018 2:05 PM CST
Sorry, haven't a clue.
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Name: greene
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greene
Jan 30, 2018 6:00 PM CST
Hi there. I'm happy that you are being careful to plant things that will not harm the dog. Thumbs up

Looking online (not from personal experience) I see there are several plants that deter ticks.
Lavender, Garlic, Pyrethrum, Sage, Beautyberry, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, and Mint. Not all are suitable as groundcovers...well, unless you want a 4-6 foot tall ground cover like Beautyberry. Whistling Cedar chips used as mulch can help repel many insects. Not good for bedding for dogs in a closed area but okay outside.

Do you have any chickens? They are very helpful to get rid of pesky insects.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 30, 2018 7:34 PM CST
As I was walking today, I was thinking about ticks...

Ticks hang on the ends of branches or tips of grasses waving their little arms and just waiting for something to come along to jump onto. If you get rid of the tall vegetation in your yard, you will also discourage the ticks. Plant lawn and keep it mowed. Prune your trees higher than a dog.
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