5 Methods To Pet Proof Your Lawn

By Simon Cullagh | September 10, 2019
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by Simon Cullagh
September 10, 2019

You love both your lawn and your dog. However, your dog doesn’t always love or respect your lawn (unfortunately), so we have to take responsibility for both. In this article, discover how you can achieve a healthy balance between your garden and your beloved pet.

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Your dog loves running around in the garden. All dogs do. And it’s always a lot of fun to see pups enjoying themselves. No matter what time of year it is (but especially during the summer), dogs have lots of fun investigating smells and running around. However, you really love your garden and lawn too, and have likely spent a lot of time making it look great. So there may be a conflict since your dog could end up wrecking it. That can range from minor damage up to complete chaos inside your garden oasis. To help you with this problem, we have 5 methods for helping you pet-proof your lawn.

It Really Helps to Have Good Grass Seed

Anytime you open the front door, your dog rushes outside. Dogs loves to run around and have fun, playing with toys, sliding and rolling around in the grass, and just having the time of their life.

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This can all cause damage to your lawn. All of the rough and tumble play may cause patches to start developing in your grass, damaged leaves, and worn down areas. If there are many dog toys involved, things can, of course, get even worse. However, it can make a significant difference if you choose the right grass.

Most people do not realize there are thousands of different varieties of grass seed that are available. And, of course. there are some that are more hardwearing compared to others. Many stores that sell various kinds of grass seed will tell you which kind of grass is best suited for your local area and how to protect it against damage. For example, consider a golf course. Different kinds of grass are used in different areas of the course. Finer and more delicate grass is used on the green while tougher grass is used on the fairway.

Golf courses use different kinds of grass seeds in various parts of the course, and you can use different kinds of grass for different reasons. The best type for your lawn will be a mixture of various seeds, with some being finer and some be hard-wearing so that you can have an attractive lawn.

Overseed to Repair Your Lawn

If your lawn has suffered damage already due to your dog, the way many have, the best method for repairing these patches is to overseed the areas that are damaged. To quickly have a nice lawn once again, the best thing to do is add plenty of seed to the damaged areas along with some fertilizer to move things along quickly. However, it is very important if you use this on your lawn to keep your dog inside for 48 hours after putting down fertilizer and don’t forget to water the fertilizer in.

It’s very important that all the fertilizer goes under the surface and into the soil before letting your dog outside to play. Make sure to carefully read and follow the fertilizer’s instructions, as always.

Dog Do-Do is a No-No

Dog do-do might contain certain fertilizing ingredients. However, it isn’t good for either your nose or your lawn, in the long term. Your neighbors will definitely not appreciate the terrible smell or the unsightly piles of feces in your lawn. The best thing to do is to dispose of your dog’s waste as soon as you can, in the proper manner.

Dog Urine is a No-No as Well

Dog pee, especially from female dogs, is usually quite pungent and will damage your lawn. Whenever your dog goes outside to take care of business, it is a good idea for you to take along a bottle of water and squirt it over your dog’s urine to dilute anything that might damage the grass and cause problems.

Plant a Bed of Wildflowers

We all love the environment and also our lawns. When you plant a bed of wildflowers around your lawn, this will help your local wildlife, provide bees as well as other animals with shelter, and also cut down the total amount of lawn that you need to take care of while at the same time giving yourself something beautiful to enjoy. So find a broad wildflower seed mix and start planting away! You will absolutely love the results.

The above article was sponsored by The Grass People. The information contained in this article may contain ads or advertorial opinions.
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