Owning dogs is a great experience; unfortunately, your yard does not feel the same way. Dogs are tough on grass. While no one type of grass has been proved to grow well with dogs, there are some types that tolerate dogs better than others. There are also other things you can do to help give your grass the best chance of surviving dogs.
Research and buy the best type of grass seed for the climate you live in and the amount of shade your yard gets. There are grass seeds that stand up better to dogs than others. Seedland.com says that if you are in a warm climate try Bermuda grass, which has the ability to repair fast and handle traffic well. If you are in a cooler climate, try Kentucky Bluegrass, which has the ability to spread and repair over time. Try mixing both with Ryegrass because it adds additional protection.
Prepare the soil. To do this, Greenview recommends removing all sticks, stones and leaves from the area. Rake and turn over soil about 2 to 3 inches deep, while breaking up large clumps.
Plant your grass seed. Spread the seed evenly along the prepared soil. It is important to over-seed the areas where dogs will be, which gives the grass the most opportunities to grow. Once the seeds are down, drag your rake over the seeds until they are covered by about 1/4 an inch of soil. Greenview says that once you have the seeds down and covered with soil, water them often. Make sure the roots are always moist. Usually once a day or every other day works best. Continue to water the grass until it is 2 inches tall.
Keep the dogs off the grass seed. Yes, this means you may have to put them on a leash and walk them in order for them to do their business. It is essential that you allow the seeds to fully mature into grass. Seedland.com says that for Kentucky Bluegrass, this can take one to two months and for Bermuda grass, this takes 60 to 90 days.
Prevent unsightly burn spots by training your dogs to urinate in a designated area of the yard where it is not as visible. Pet Education says to try using products like Dogonit Lawn Repair Treatment that is said to reverse the effects of dog urine on your lawn. Watering the area immediately may also help reduce the effect of dog urine on your grass.
Consider mulching or paving your dog's "travel path" because no grass will stand up to that much wear and tear.
There is no absolute solution. Be prepared to reseed often.
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- There is no absolute solution. Be prepared to reseed often.