If you want a
dog and a lush lawn, you’re not out of luck.
Dog urine can
damage grass, but highly rated experts in lawn care, landscaping and
dog training tell our team that there are several ways your pet and
your property can coexist pee-cefully:
The cheapest and
easiest way to reduce doggie damage is to hose down and dilute urine
right after the dog relieves itself. Then, commit to re-seeding
damaged areas of grass as needed.
Change your yard
A top dog
trainer says his grass is better able to withstand the effects of
multiple dogs when he maintains a 4-inch height and applies organic
if your dog uses a specific area of the yard, is to cover the grass
with pea gravel or artificial turf.
costs about $1.50 to $5 a square foot. Pick a higher density option
with a nonporous backing. Choose polypropylene or polyethylene over
nylon because poly products won’t absorb moisture and will drain
better. Using crushed granite as a base material under the turf will
also help with drainage. For infill, use silica sand or another
product that won’t absorb odor.
Change your dog
Many dogs can be
trained to urinate and defecate in a designated spot. It may take four
to six weeks of effort. Flag off a sizeable portion of lawn to create
a large target zone to start. Leash your pet and take it to that area
every time it has to go. Always clean up after the dog. Over time, as
the pet responds, gradually shrink the flagged-off area to your
preferred size. Eventually, you won’t need the flags; the dog will
know the boundaries.
Get the scoop
If solid waste
in the yard is your concern, consider outsourcing cleanup duty.
Besides garnering positive online recommendations, a reliable
"pooper scooper" business should be able to provide you with
a cost estimate, often based on the size of your yard, the size of
your dog(s) and frequency of service.