Caring for lawns can be complicated by a dog’s presence. Many dogs are quite fond of playing around in the soil, digging holes, and leaving their waste on the grass. If they maintain those habits, your lawn could look unsightly.
Thankfully, there are ways to minimize the damage that pet dogs can do to lawns.
In our August 7th article, we discussed how you can teach your dog to be more careful around your lawn. This time around, we’ll focus on the tips that will help keep your lawn in great condition.
Pick Up Any Waste Right Away
Your dog may wind up “taking care of business” on your lawn a few times before you can teach him/her where their designated “spot” is located. Sometimes, they may act so suddenly that you cannot react properly. Pick up the waste from the lawn right away to limit the amount of damage to your lawn.
If you’re wondering why you need to remove waste so quickly, it’s because it’s considered a pollutant. Family Handyman notes that dog poop can actually be harmful to the grass.
Spray Urine Away Immediately with Water
It’s not just the solid waste you have to worry about. Urine can also be harmful to your lawn too.
As soon as you spot any puddles of urine, spray them away with water. Letting the puddles of urine stay can damage the blades of grass nearby.
Use Pet-Friendly Sod for Lawns
Perhaps your pet dog simply cannot resist playing on your lawn. In that case, it may be smarter to simply accommodate him/her. Consult with a landscaping or lawn care professional to find out which pet-friendly sod would be best for your lawn.
Allow the Grass to Grow Higher
Deciding to grow pet-friendly grass on your lawn means that you need to be more diligent with upkeep. Sometimes though, you may get busy and you may not have enough time to work on your lawn. To avoid the problem, allow the blades of grass on your lawn to grow taller.
Arbor-Nomics Turf points out that the taller blades of grass will be able to hide any discolored spots better. Hiding spots should buy you more time if you cannot address your lawn right away.
Keep a Close Eye on Your Lawn
The switch to pet-friendly sod should turn out well for your lawn, but there are still some issues that may pop up. Dead spots in particular can be problematic as they may lead to the uneven growth of the grass.
Monitor your lawn closely as it continues to grow and keep an eye out for any abnormalities. If something unusual does catch your eye, talk to a professional and ask how to fix that problem.
Your pet and your lawn can co-exist. It will just take some work and some time. Hopefully, the tips included in this article will help you achieve that balance as well in your home.
Do you need additional time to work on your lawn? Allow us at TAILored Pet Services to help. We’ll keep your dog occupied as you get your lawn ready. Ask about our services by calling 425-923-7791 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.