Best Grass for Dogs

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Best Grass for Dogs

Dogs love grass. It is full of interesting odors, feels cool on their foot pads and it is a good place to leave their mark. Grass is a safe place for dogs to run and play. Dogs also like to eat grass almost like a vitamin supplement. It cleans their intestinal track and gives relief from the pain of infections.

The problem is, if dogs are left to themselves they will soon ruin the very grass they love. Their urine will kill it because it is acidic, and most dogs like to dig in the earth, especially puppies. They often leave bowel movements in just the wrong places, and if they are large dogs, their play can tear up the grass.

What is the best grass to have in a garden for dog lovers? Many professional gardeners recommend fast growing grass such as kikuyu or couch. It has deep roots and can stand up to the rough treatment of dogs. The deep roots also can disturb flower beds, but planted in the right way, it is the best grass for dogs.

Other gardeners say the best grass depends on the climate where they live. In a warm climate, Bermuda grass will repair itself fast and stand up under heavy traffic. In cooler climates Kentucky Bluegrass works well, because it spreads easily facilitating grass repairs. Both of these types of grass could be mixed with Ryegrass seeds for extra protection from active dogs. No grass can withstand dog or human traffic in the newly seeded stages.

Completely dog-proof grass does not exist, but there are maintenance tricks that can help. One is to spread lime on the lawn several times a year. If there is a spot that gets more urine than other places you can spread it there more often. The lime will offset the acidic urine and bring the pH of the soil back to neutral. It will not harm dogs or children and will dissolve into the soil.

Artificial grass is sometimes considered to be installed in the places a dog runs. This is not a good idea for several reasons. Dogs can dig holes in artificial grass, so it can also be ruined. They can’t chew on it for necessary vitamins and roughage, it will not replenish itself and it gets much hotter than concrete, so it doesn’t have the cooling effect of natural lawn.

Grasses that spread through stolons or rhizomes are the best because they repair more easily. Even the grasses that stand up the best with dog traffic and play will wear down eventually. They need good care and reseeding at times. It is healthy and fun to have a good lawn for dogs to run and play, but the owner will need to be constantly watching to see when care is required.

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  1. How much lime is used on a lawn say 20×90 and where is it sold?

  2. It depends on the pH of your soil. I always consider erring on the side of less to be safer. You can find it at most garden centers or order online if you like.

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