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Back Yard – Exercise and Pets

Every back yard has so much potential. The back yard can be a place for relaxing, playing with pets, socializing and exercise. Start by creating a firm yet porous surface for walking, gardening, refilling the bird feeder and playing. Adding some points of interest, such as a bird feeder or statue, can make for a more interesting walk. The addition of an ornamental fish pond could act as a focal point in the yard and provide more choice of pathways.

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A retractable leash mount is an affordable and simple solution, but providing pets with an enclosed yard is better for their overall well-being.

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The back yard has great potential for socializing, playing with pets and children and getting exercise. Create a firm, porous surface for walking, gardening, refilling the bird feeder and playing. Add some points of interest such as a statue, potted plants, ornamental fish and outdoor art.

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