Pets tend to be like a part of people’s family. However, your friendly neighborhood cats and dogs do a lot of damage to your lawn. Many homeowners are annoyed and don’t know how to solve the problem of pets ruining their lawn. This week, we are explaining tips for how to keep pets from ruining your lawn. Read on to learn how to deal with everything from pet waste to digging.
What Do I Do About Their Waste?
This is far and away the most common question that pet owners have when it comes to keeping pets from ruining the lawn. Animal waste tends to ruin grass thanks to the high nitrogen content. Even urine leaves brown a brown spot. What makes this even worse is that many animals love to return to the same place to relieve themselves.
Try to accept this and make a dedicated area in your yard for animal waste. You can enclose the area with a low-level fence or shrubs. This also makes clean up super easy! Additionally, you can prevent the brown spots from forming by rinsing away the urine with a strong water stream.
Roughhousing is common with dogs, particularly if there is more than one in the house. Unfortunately, consistent rough play ruins traditional lawns very quickly. It tears up the grass and leaves a sandy pit in its wake.
The problem here is that pet owners likely don’t want to stop their pets from playing. However, regular grass literally cannot stand that much force. Either take the animal to a dog park or have artificial grass installed for the pups to play on. One option is to install a dog run with artificial grass under it. That way, the dogs don’t ruin the lawn and you still get your grass.
Things To Keep Them Away
There are a variety of tactics for dealing with pets that aren’t your own. There are our top suggestions.
- Get a fence, and a tall one at that. Remember that muscular breeds like Pitbulls and German Shepherds are nosy and muscular. A fence that is not too high is fairly easy for a strong dog to hurdle.
- Cats do not enjoy the smell of coffee grounds. To prevent the neighborhood strays from using your garden as a litter box, sprinkle the soil with coffee grounds. The best part of that solution is that the grounds also act as excellent compost.
My Dog Digs Digging
Sometimes, a dog is simply attracted to freshly turned soil. In this instance, they often dig up young and weak plants in a garden or planter area. Your pet may be attracted to a pet in another yard, want to escape, or they may simply be bored.
The best solution is two-fold. First, ensure that they are not bored by playing with them and providing plenty of toys. Second, use traditional dog training tactics to keep the dog from digging.