Pet-Proof Your Yard

If you’ve got a four-legged friend, you might be starting to feel like you have to choose between a nice lawn and your pet’s comfort.

Dogs who spend any amount of time outdoors are likely to be leaving urine stains and possibly holes dug in their wake.

So how do you have the best of both worlds?  

Plan the Landscape

They say good defense is the best offense, and that’s true when it comes to fighting pet damage on your lawn.

Plan in advance which areas your furry friend is likely to be spending the most time in. You can plant hardier grasses there, such as ryegrass or fescue. 

If you have the popular Bermuda or Kentucky Bluegrass, be aware that they are particularly pet-sensitive

You could also opt to forgo grass entirely in your dog’s chosen part of the yard. Hardscape options like pebbles will resist both urine stains and the natural scratching and digging dogs are likely to do.

You can still dress the area up with potted plants if you like the green look, but even with some additions, gravel spaces are much lower maintenance.

In addition to preparing your yard, you’ll want to prepare your pet. Training your dog to use just one area of the yard as their bathroom might take a little time upfront, but it will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run!   

Damage Control

What do you do when the telltale signs of doggy damage start to show up?

First, it’s important to understand why the spots are appearing. The burned appearance is caused because dog urine is high in nitrogen. You might have seen this same look before if you over-fertilized a part of your lawn, since fertilizer tends to be nitrogen rich.

And on that note: one of the first things, if your lawn is getting dog spots, is to ease off the fertilizer in those areas so they aren’t as nitrogen-saturated.

The most effective method of instant damage control is proper hydration of both your lawn and your pet.

Water dilutes the nitrogen, diminishing the effects. Make sure your dog is staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water. If you notice your pet urinating in a certain area, you can water the grass to rinse it off and lessen the nitrogen contact.  

Reset the Boundaries

As previously discussed, you can set some natural boundaries in your yard through creating a hardscape area or training them to use a certain area.

However, if these tactics aren’t proving enough, you might consider fencing in a specific area of the yard where your dog can roam free.

In addition to giving your pet an extra sense of freedom and saving you some maintenance time, this approach has the added benefit of keeping neighboring dogs out.

Animal damage can come from a neighboring pet just as easily as your own, and a boundary line can keep them out while you keep your dog in.

If your lawn is already damaged and you want to repair it, aerating, replanting and lots of water are your primary option. Your local hardware store might also have some products specifically for grass repair following dog damage.

For more help with Dallas area lawn repair or preparing/reclaiming your yard from your pets, find out how North Texas Lawns services can help you!   

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