Dogs and lawns. They go together like sun and sand. But sometimes your lawn can come off second best if you have an active dog, large dog or more than one. What you may notice is your beloved pet(s) putting tracks in your grass. Or perhaps there’s patches of burnt or dying grass? And how can you avoid this common eyesore for your backyard?
Here’s a few simple tips:
- Ensure you have the right type of lawn for your pet. Not all grasses can tolerate the traffic and in the end you may simply want to replace your lawn with something hardier. Buffalo and Kikuyu varieties generally work well but it pays to do your research and even chat with your neighbours and friends on their experiences.
- Cut your lawn on a higher setting during the warmer months so you can prevent the roots from being damaged. This will give your lawn a better chance to self repair.
- Invest in a product called “Dog rocks”. They are a natural Australian product (a rock) designed to filter out the nasties contained in dog urine which cause lawn burn. You can buy them from a quality pet store.
- In addition to the rocks always ensure your dog has a plentiful source of water. More water means more diluted urine which is better for your lawn.
- Strategic placement of toys and other objects as obstacles are a fantastic way to allow patches to repair. Place the items over the patch for short periods of time and regularly move them to ensure sunlight and water can still reach the grass. Good examples of these objects are large balls, kids jungle gyms, trampolines, buckets, kiddie pools. Basically anything your dog will run around or have some difficulty picking up. Avoid using heavy flat objects which are only going to flatten the lawn.
- Lastly, the best way to allow the lawn to repair ultimately is to give your dog some space from the lawn. Perhaps a temporary fence or a permanent gate you can open and close is required.
A combination of these strategies should help provide some results but it won’t happen overnight.
Remember, a happy lawn equals a happy pooch!