How to Create a Pet Friendly Lawn
You love your dog and/or cat, but you hate that their urine and behavior can lead to lawn burn and destroyed gardens. The solution is twofold, both in how your care for your lawn and how you train your animal. Here are some tips that will keep your pet happy and your lawn looking good:
If you have a wide open space for your pet to run through, they’re going to use it and that’s great. But some of your issues can be limited by how your outdoor area is set up. Planting your garden plants together can prevent your dog or cat from running through and damaging plants. This same technique is good for smothering out weeds, so it serves two functions.
When your dog is young, teaching them to urinate in a specific designated spot will prevent widespread damage from urine. It’s a good idea to leave a patch of dirt, mulch, or gravel for them to relieve themselves in, as this will be the least work.
Speaking of designated areas, fences can be your friend. Creating a dog run can be a great solution to the problem; either leaving that area as only mulch or planting urine resistant grass can prevent a lot of stress. If your dog loves to dig, leaving them a place to do it is a good way to prevent them from digging where you don’t want. Fencing off your garden can also help. It doesn’t need to be too high as to be an impediment for you, unless your pet is a jumper that is.
While your pet still has behaviors that you want to curtail, it’s best not to leave them outside alone. This way you can correct any undesirable behavior and reward them for the behavior you want, training them to live in harmony with your lawn.
Sometimes it’s not realistic to prevent your pet from urinating where you don’t want it to. The best solution to this is to immediately water the area they relieved themselves on. This spreads out the nitrate, which is what kills the grass, so that no one area is saturated and damaged.
Another key to dilution is to make sure that your pet is getting enough water. If they aren’t then their urine is more concentrated and will cause more damage to the lawn. The type of food they eat will also contribute to their nitrate levels. Consider switching your pet to high quality pet food as lower quality food contains protein that is harder to digest, which ends up as nitrates in their excrement. The food should also be within line of their protein requirement; excess protein will again increase nitrate concentration.
For Your Pet
Avoid anti-lawn burn pills for your pets as most of them have negative effects on the animal and some won’t even solve the problem. These pills either reduce the pH of the animal’s urine or just pump them full of salt, which makes them thirsty so they drink more and dilute their urine. Both of these have negative effects on the health of your pet and can lead to kidney stones, which will be a whole new lawn problem.
Whenever you spray herbicides or pesticides, it’s best to keep your pet away from your lawn as these can make your pet ill. Weeding and keeping your lawn healthy will prevent any kind of poisonous invasive plant from taking root in your yard, as pets will eat plants when they have upset stomachs, which is normally nothing to worry over unless they are eating strange plants.
Ultimately, you will need to repair any damaged spots by replanting. There are products that can neutralize the urinated areas, but this requires the same attention as diluting. If you really want a great looking lawn, it’s best to use the professionals.
Lawnscape will make sure to use the right amount of fertilizer. Regularly feeding and aerating your lawn will keep it healthy so that it can resist damage. Contact Lawnscape today to get started on your perfect pet friendly lawn.