DOGS & LAWN
Your four-legged friend spends most of their time on your lawn. Make sure you’re equipped with the right tools and know-how to keep you and your pup happy!
Four-Legged Lawn Lovers
It’s great having some one on one time with your dog in the garden, whether it’s a game of fetch or tug-of-war or even witnessing them scare off any feathered critter that dares to set foot on their turf.
Your dog loves to run around and for that you need hard-wearing, shade tolerant grass that can deal with the kicks and the knocks. Sensitive lawns just can’t handle the stress of wear and tear, digging and other common problems pets may cause. So, provide your four-legged friend with the right kind of turf that you both deserve!
Wear and Tear
Does your dog like to think it’s preparing for a marathon? What we mean is, do they like to run laps using the same track that has now caused the selected area in your garden to wear out?
If so, placing an obstacle like a pot plant on the track will force them to take an alternative route, giving the lawn a chance to repair itself. You may find you have to do this more often in the colder seasons and the shadier areas of your garden, as moist and shaded areas will suffer most so some extra drainage may be required.
When there’s lots of activity going on in the yard, we find a more comprehensive maintenance program works best, which includes more regular fertilising and aeration. Extra aeration may be necessary to help repair any compaction that may have occurred.
Dull blades can cause your grass to tear which can result in an unsightly appearance.
If your dog likes digging then a self-repairing lawn with a dense growth habit is the one for you! It is important to prevent your dog from digging and pulling up sections of newly laid grass as it is susceptible to damage and needs time to establish.
Digging can often be a sign of boredom, so a few toys will help to keep them entertained while you’re hard at work.
Yep, you read that right. Dogs get seasonal allergies just like us! Dogs aren’t allergic to the grass itself, but rather the grass pollen that is floating through the air. The pollen is microscopic and only seen when it accumulates in mass quantities in the spring. Your dog may absorb these tiny spores in his skin, which will cause the allergic reaction. Their fur may also pick up the pollen from grass and other surfaces that have pollen on them.
So what can you do? Well first and foremost, you can make sure your lawn is mowed often and kept short,(long grass will carry and produce more pollen). This will help reduce the chances your dog comes in contact with pollen or at least lessens the density in your yard.
During pollen season, you may even need to limit the amount of time your dog spends playing outside. This can be tough during the spring and summer months, but will be worth it to keep your dog’s allergy symptoms to a minimum. Keep walks to the sidewalk and bring playtime indoors if you can.
To avoid any trips to the vet, be sure to keep your dog inside and off the lawn when fertilising or using pesticides, and read the product safety recommendations to take extra precaution.