You don’t need to choose between man’s best friend and a beautiful lawn—both are possible! Dogs can easily damage your lawn, but with proper care, upkeep, and training, you can counter the effects of your K9. A beautiful, healthy lawn takes a decent amount of work as is, but with a dog counteracting your efforts, it can be tricky to keep up with. Don’t let your dog ruin your dreams of a lush green lawn.
Dogs can be damaging to your lawn in many ways. Their urine can be especially damaging with high amounts of salt and nitrogen that dry out your lawn and leave it looking yellow and brown in certain patches. Not to mention the digging up of your grass and garden that dogs are often guilty of. And stepping in their business? No one wants that.
Practicing proper care and regular maintenance for your lawn will certainly keep it healthy. Spraying down any spots your dog has spent time or especially any place your dog has done their business is of utmost importance to maintaining a healthy lawn. The sooner you clean away any damage with water the less damaging it will be. Mow your grass high to hide any discolored parches. Use lawn fertilizer three to four times a year to promote healthy growth and regrowth where needed. After you do fertilize your lawn, keep your down off until your lawn has recovered.
What to Consider
Certain dogs will treat grass lawns differently. Step one is to train your dog. Do not allow your dog to dig up part of your lawn. Train them to do their business in the same area, then flush out that area. Or have that designated area a gravel or sod area that won’t be as impacted as grass.
The type of dog food you are feeding your dog can also impact your grass. Certain dog foods will trigger your dog to drink more and therefore urinate more. That said, keeping your dog well hydrated is important. In fact, when your dog is hydrated at a healthy level their urine will be less damaging to your grass.
Cleaning Up the Mess
Watering our spots on your lawn that having been urinated on is effective. Urine can be very damaging to a healthy lawn. Harmful nitrogen and salts can be diluted with some water. While your dog is on your lawn, be sure to keep an eye out. Knowing what spots are impacted by your dog is essential to cleaning up afterward. Although feces are not as harmful to your lawn as urine is, it is still a good idea to remove it—mainly for appearance and functionality reasons.
In some areas, you may need to reseed or replant in fall or spring. If an area is beyond repair, flush the affected area with a generous amount of water, dig up and dead grass and reseed it. You can also use a piece of sod for more instant results.