Maintaining a Healthy and Pet-Friendly Lawn

Maintaining a Healthy and Pet-Friendly LawnLawn care isn’t always easy, and no one knows that better than pet owners who frequently have to take several added factors into consideration.  Because pet waste can leave unsightly brown or yellow spots on grass, it can sometimes seem as though having a happy pet and a beautiful lawn are mutually exclusive.  Fortunately, that is not the case.   In addition to the many lawn care services that we provide at Turf Shield, there are also a few simple tips that you can follow to keep both your pet and your lawn safe and healthy.

Control Foot Traffic to Prevent Damage

One of the best ways to prevent your dog from damaging your lawn is to keep the two separated.  Creating a permanent mulched area at the back of the yard and training your dog to do its business there can be a very effective way to maintain control of the situation.  Moreover, making a clear distinction between traffic areas and growing areas also allows you to regularly fertilize the areas you want without endangering family or pets.

Disguise or Repair Damage as it Happens

Salts in animal urine can leave behind brown spots ringed by dark green, fast-growing grass in places where your pet has relieved itself.  Usually, this effect is only temporary, but allowing the grass to grow higher can help make it less noticeable and watering the affected areas as quickly as possible can dilute the effects. Badly damaged spots, however, may need to be repaired by reseeding or patching with sod.

Carefully Follow Instructions and Professional Advice

When applying chemicals to your lawn like fertilizer, herbicides, or insecticides, check the package carefully for directions and warnings.  Most products will recommend keeping pets off the lawn after application for a certain period of time.  Also make sure to clean up any product that has been spilled on driveways, sidewalks, or walkways to keep it from washing into traffic areas.  Finally, always remember to store lawn products in a safe location where children and pets cannot reach them.  If you have any doubts about the proper course of action, the lawn care specialists at Turf Shield will be more than happy to give you detailed, professional advice.

Taking care of a yard can be a full time job, and there are a lot of different variables to consider.  If you need help maintaining your lawn, or would like to learn more about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we can provide, please contact Turf Shield for additional information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Twitter or Facebook to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.