If you have a doggo running around your household (or a few puppers), then it’s likely that your lawn gets plenty of use. Dogs can tromp trails into your grass, they can leave dead spots where they decide to relieve themselves, they like to dig into the dirt, and of course, they leave plenty of “presents” for you to pick up. Now, you love your canine companion, but sometimes Gnarls Bark-Lee wreaks havoc on your precious, otherwise pristine lawn. That’s pretty normal. So let’s talk solutions. If your best friend is destroying your yard, then you can try out these tips:

When your dog is creating a trail…

Dogs like to run to the same points in your yard. They’ll run from the back door of your home to the tree which they always sniff, and then to the gate where they observe the passersby on the sidewalk. It’s a relatively harmless habit for your dog, but it’ll leave your lawn with paths of mud or dead grass. Now you have a few options. You can leash your dog more often to give your lawn a chance to recover, but that will mean a lot of leash time and a sadder pup. You can train your dog to stop running from place to place (but you’ll have to be quite the dog whisperer). You can replace high-traffic paths with a more suitable material than grass (e.g. flagstone, gravel, pavers, etc.).

When your pup causes dead spots…

It’s pretty normal to have a dog that uses your lawn to take a tinkle. However, dog urine can be especially acidic, which can damage your lawn and leave you with yellow patches of dead grass. Once again, there are a few solutions that you can try out. Consider training your dog to pee elsewhere (e.g. a bush, a fake fire hydrant, a tree, etc.). You can use pheromones to attract your dog to use something other than your yard. In addition, you can encourage your dog to drink more water. Invest in a pet water fountain, and keep it loaded with clean, cold water. Your pup will be more likely to drink a sufficient amount of water to keep their urine from damaging your grass.

When your dog digs holes…

You’ll have to train your dog to keep him from digging holes in your yard. Here are some tips from The Humane Society. The article notes that dogs often dig holes to get attention, to try to escape from a yard, for comfort, to hunt prey, or to entertain themselves. You’ll have to identify your dog’s inspiration, and then train them accordingly.

When your dog leaves “presents”…

Dog poo shouldn’t damage your lawn. However, if it is allowed to sit, your dog’s droppings may increase the odds of fungus and pest infestations (which can be solved with a pesticide or fungicide—be sure that the pesticide/fungicide is animal friendly). Do your best to pick up after your pup. Clear away droppings a couple of times per week to keep your lawn healthy. You can also train your dog to go number two in a designated area.


Count on Prestige Lawncare

Well, we hope we’ve helped to resolve the unending battle between your canine companion and your lush lawn. Check back soon for more tips and tricks to keep your lawn its lushest, and count on us for all of your lawncare needs. We provide a variety of lawn care and landscaping services, including lawn mowing, for folks throughout Asheboro and Greensboro. Get in touch with us to get started! Here at Prestige Lawncare, the grass is always greener!