Sure, Scout and Sassy are part of the family, despite their shedding on the couch and barking at the mail carrier. Our four-legged family members bring lots of joy and fun, but they can also be hard on the lawn. Whether it’s digging or pet waste that is damaging the lawn, there are ways to help reduce those effects (and no, it’s not sending them to use the neighbor’s lawn at potty time!)

  • Best practices for a healthy lawn. As with any challenge (weeds, pests, disease), keeping your turf strong and healthy is always the best defense against pet damage. Be sure your mowing, irrigation, and fertilization are fine-tuned, as healthy grass can withstand these elements much better!
  • Urine damage. If your dog frequently uses the same spot, you may see damage in the form of brown or yellow “burned” grass. The nitrogen and salt in dog urine are the culprits. Flushing these areas with water can help disperse those elements and reduce damage.
  • Poop pickup. Leaving piles around the yard is not only unsightly (and stinky), but it can create dead or damaged spots. Pick up often (or assign this job to your kids – they need to get off of the tablet and get outside anyway!)
  • Digging damage. You may need to be the dog whisperer to stop your dog from digging, but we know that this causes serious damage to grass. Do your homework about why your dog may be digging (to cool down, because he’s bored, looking for rodents, etc.) and consult a trainer or reputable website for tips to reduce or prevent this behavior.
  • High traffic. Some dogs run or walk a set “path” and can damage the turf over time as they pace the same route. This is often boredom or the need for exercise. Higher energy breeds need more physical activity, so increasing walk time/frequency or playing more games can help use some of that energy. As with digging, you can consult a professional or reputable website for suggestions on keeping energetic dogs busy.