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Protect Your Lawn From Pet Damage

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We all love the joy and companionship our pets bring to us, but let’s face it, they are still animals and still capable of destroying our lawns. Have you ever spotted your dog digging holes or constantly urinating in the same area until the grass turns brown? These are just a few of the ways that your loved animals can damage your landscape. For residents in Topeka, Lawrence and Manhattan, the Kansas lawn and landscape experts have a few tips on how to protect your lawn from pet damage.

When you let your pets outside their two main goals are bathroom and play time. Both of these activities are a major cause of damage to lawns. Urine, especially when done in one spot continuously, causes the grass to burn up and turn brown. It is the nitrogen and salt concentration in the urine that will lead to this eventual damage to the lawn. Another problem is when your pet runs around on the lawn, plays, and digs. These are all normal pet behaviors, but they can leave your lawn in less than good shape. Dogs can tear up your grass and leave holes in your lawn, which are not pleasant to the eye.

So what can you do to protect your lawn from pet damage?

  • Train your pet to have a designated bathroom spot outside of your home. This will keep most of your lawn undamaged and you will be able to clean up easier after your pet. It’s a good idea to water down urine with a hose and pick up droppings left behind.
  • Take your pet for more walks away from your lawn. Find a good trail or a dog park nearby so that your pet can run and play freely without damaging your property.
  • Create a designated pet playing area. It could be gravel or rocks, a material that is not going to be ruined with repetitive playing and bathroom habits.
  • Build a fence around your lawn or landscaping that is both decorative and will help to keep your pets away from the green grass.

If you would like more information on how to make your lawn more beautiful and free from pet damages, contact the KS landscape experts at Schendel Lawn & Landscape today. Offering full lawn and landscaping services to make your life easier and your property more valuable.


Originally Published: 02/25/2012