If you love your pets as much as you love your lawn, you're probably wondering how you can create a harmonious relationship between the two. Your lawn is a great place for your dog to play, but they probably dig, roll and 'go potty' on your lawn too. Over time, the quality of your lawn can really start to suffer but don't worry, there are things you can do to maintain a healthy lawn and a happy pup.
Mow the grass little and often
If there's one thing that makes a difference to the appearance and health of your lawn, it's mowing. Dog owners who keep their lawn trimmed to a medium length are less likely to notice patches where the urine has affected the soil. Why? Because grass that's been peed on tends to grow faster than the surrounding grass! Keeping all of the grass a consistent length will lessen the appearance of pee patches & will also reduce the chances of lawn diseases and fungus.
Clean up after your dog
This lawn care tip might seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of dog owners neglect the mess their dogs make on the lawn. If there's number 1's or number 2's on the lawn, it's important you do your best to clean it up as soon as possible if you want your lawn to flourish. Washing down pee patches with clean water will help to dilute the urine and it'll drain away quickly. Poops are less of a problem for your lawn, but if you don't collect them quickly, they can start to attract flies and other pests that may damage your lawn. In addition, they're not the nicest things to see or smell in your garden - so don't forget to pick them up when you go outside.
Stick to a proper lawn care regime
Whether you're a dog owner or not, the best way to keep your lawn looking its best is to implement a proper lawn care regime. Regularly aerating, fertilising, and top-seeding will help to keep your lawn in good shape all year round. Take a look at our lawn care maintenance schedule if you're unsure where to start...
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Choose real grass over artificial
There are some dog owners who feel that artificial grass would be a better alternative to real turf - but this isn't the case. Dog owners with artificial grass have to use professional grass cleaners to disinfect and remove smells/stains from their lawns on a regular basis.
For most homeowners, it's a lot of work to keep up with and when it's not done regularly, the artificial grass will eventually become so soiled that it needs to be entirely replaced. Natural grass is far better for drainage and won't retain bad smells as easily as artificial turf. If you'd like to add real turf to your garden, we can help! Take a look at our turfing service for more information.
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Take your dog for regular walks
One of the main reasons that people's dogs destroy their lawns is because they aren't able to use up excess energy (or go to the toilet) while they're out on their walks. If a dog is properly tired out, and allowed to go potty multiple times throughout the day, it's far less likely that they'll need to play, dig, pee or poop on your lawn.
There you have it, a few lawn care tips for dog owners from the specialists at Lawn and Weed Expert. With a bit of care and attention, you and your dog can get the most out of your green space. For help maintaining a healthy lawn, get in touch with Lawn & Weed Expert!