Dogs are a delight to have in a home, but let’s be honest, sometimes, they can be a handful. They can chew on your favorite shoes, leave a trail of destruction inside your home when they’re anxious or left alone, and they may even trample your prized plants and dig up your well-tended lawn. Just as you take extra care to protect your pet from dangerous plants, it’s also a good idea to protect your lawn from your dog and from other people’s pets in your neighborhood this winter.
While snow and frigid temperatures can already do a number on your yard, dog urine, in particular, can be harmful to your lawn as it causes the grass to burn and damages leaf tissue. The damage can be difficult to reverse once it’s there, so to protect your yard from your dog and other people’s pets this winter, follow these simple tips.
Plant pet-friendly grass
Surprisingly, early winter is a great time to plant grass seed. Winter grass seeding works because the snow on your lawn helps the seed to go deeper under the ground. To keep dogs away,plant pet-friendly grass seed such as Kentucky bluegrass in your lawn. This type of grass can quickly cover damaged portions of your lawn and thrives in the fall and spring seasons when properly cared for. Perennial ryegrass is another type of grass that should be considered by dog owners as it has a high tolerance for foot traffic and can cover urine damage. Whatever you choose, make sure that your grass seed is chemical-free to protect your pooches from getting poisoned.
Provide adequate water for your pet
The American Kennel Club recommends that adult dogs should drink about an ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. Increased water consumption can help to dilute the nitrogen levels in a dog’s urine and reduce the risks of lawn damage. Moreover, giving your dog enough liquids during winter helps him to stay healthy and hydrated during the cold months.
Housetrain your dog
Housetrain your dog or puppy to urinate in designated areas in your home. Let your pet urinate in an area that has no turf, such as a spot that’s covered in gravel. It’s one of the best ways to ensure that your lawn is protected from your dog. If your pet doesn’t like to do his business in the snow, clear the space around your dog’s regular potty area of snow, making sure that your pet has enough space to turn around. Doing this everyday ensures that your pet urinates in the same spot even when it’s cold outside.
Build a fence
If you want to stop neighborhood dogs from treating your yard as their very own potty area, then you may have to make a trip to the hardware store to get materials to build a fence. You can purchase prefabricated units, wood, or PVC vinyl fencing materials to create an effective barrier and prevent other dogs from urinating on your lawn.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a beautiful lawn just because you happen to have a canine companion. Follow these tips to protect your yard from your pet this winter and keep your dog happy and safe at the same time.