Earlier this week I received a phone call from a good friend of mine asking for some tips for his lawn. He went on to tell me how him and his wife got a lab puppy last year. As a result of Milo the puppy, their back yard is consumed of more mud than grass. I know that I can relate to this issue, due to the fact that my wife and I have two large breed dogs. Unfortunately this is the case for a lot of dog owners. If your dog spends time outdoors, chances are it will be spent on the lawn. Many dog owners will fence off parts of the yard for their dogs. In these heavy traffic areas, dogs can cause massive amounts of damage to lawns. Erosion caused by constant running, rolling, digging, and walking can turn an otherwise lush green lawn into a muddy, dusty mess. Anyone who has ever opened the door to a whimpering dog caked in mud during a rainstorm can relate.
To combat the problems associated with heavy dog traffic, it is first important to choose the right grass seed. A good, dog tolerant grass will be able to recover quickly from wear and tear. A good dog tolerant grass will also have a very thick growth habit, helping it cope with dog traffic. With all of this being said I would personally recommend using a tall turf type fescue send blend. Tall fesue is a deeply rooted grass that is ideal for families with dogs. This grass can withstand high traffic created by dogs but it can also withstand urine damage. Tall fescue features wider blades than Kentucky Bluegrass and other grasses, making it an overall stronger and sturdier grass. However, this type of grass may grow or sprout in a clumpy pattern, so it may be ideal to mix the seed with Kentucky bluegrass or ryegrass to fill in the space and give the lawn a more plush appearance. Fortunately, tall fescue grass is also very drought-tolerant, so owners with a busy schedule don't need to worry as much about maintaining a regular watering schedule.
Another way to limit the amount of damage caused by dogs is to practice what some call a section rotation. In which dogs are fenced in one particular section of the yard for a limited amount of time. After a while, the section is rotated to another area of the yard. This method will ensure that the grass in every section has plenty of time to recover and fill in.
Finally, when establishing a lawn from grass seed it is absolutely critical to keep dogs off the newly planted soil. No freshly seeded lawn can withstand the constant traffic that our dogs can dish out. By taking into account the dogs you will be sharing your lawn with, we can prevent or at least minimize the negative effects dogs have on our lawns. This will provide us with cleaner less muddy dog, cleaner homes, and of course, more beautiful lawns for playing fetch on.
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