Landscape Maintenance And Your Dog

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You've spent time making sure your yard looks more than "just okay." That means landscape maintenance is absolutely essential. Why spend money on a pro to design the space, plant colorful blooms, get your grass in top shape and more when you're not going to care for it? Oh, but you do care for your yard. You water it, make sure the crass gets cut, weed and mulch. But, your yard is still lacking. Why? You have pets. Specifically, you have dogs.

Your fur babies are why you wanted a house with a big backyard. You fenced it in and now have the perfect pet-friendly play space. Here's the thing – your dogs use the grass as their bathroom. And that leaves behind ugly brown spots on your formerly green grass. What can you do to prevent the doggie destruction of your landscape?

Understanding the Problem

The first step to getting help for your situation is understanding the problem. A dog's urine contains nitrogen waste products. When the urine puddles on your lawn, it thoroughly soaks the grass with the nitrogen by-products. This leads to burns (on the grass, not your pet).

You can't change the nitrogen content in your dog's urine. That just won't happen. Have pet owners tried to eliminate some of that nitrogen content by modifying their dogs' diets? Some have. But, this isn't advisable. Giving your dog a substandard diet just to save your yard is never acceptable. That means you need to look for other ways to continue on with your landscape maintenance, while still letting the dog out.

Water Regularly

Simply watering your lawn won't prevent or correct dog urine damage. But, it may slow it down or decrease the effects. When your lawn is water-starved, it's waiting for liquid (and liquid) to drag down to the roots. If that liquid is dog urine, and not water, the grass isn't going to respond well. Instead of getting the water it needs (and that it thinks it's getting), the grass is getting urine. Make sure to adequately water your lawn to slow this type of damage from happening – especially during drought conditions.

Along with regular watering, spraying down a dog urine area immediately after the dog does their business can help to dilute the nitrogen content. This makes it less likely that you'll see large burn areas.

Dog Training

Yes, you can reseed the dog burn areas. But, that takes a lot of effort (and can get costly). Instead of trying to constantly seed various patches of grass, train your dog to go in one spot. Obviously, your dog will destroy the grass in that "one spot." Keep in mind, one tiny area of damage is better than an entire yard filled with burns. Pick a space that isn't out on the open or is hidden by shrubs and other plants. This makes the spot not so noticeable.

Your pet is your best friend. With that in mind, you want them to have the run of the yard. But, you also spend plenty of landscape maintenance and don't want to ruin your lawn. By understanding the problem, water properly and using a few training tricks, you can minimize the effects and keep your outdoor space looking green. 

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Stepping into Greenhouse Gardening

My name is Michelle Landon. When I was a little girl, I loved helping my mother and grandmother in the garden. My passion for gardening grew, and in my adult years, it became my number one hobby. I have lived in apartments and mastered the art of having container gardens. I now have over an acre of land and can grow just about anything. My dream was to one day have a greenhouse and be able to grow all the flowers my heart desired. Six years ago I got my first small greenhouse and was able to start bringing my gardening dream to fruition. Today I have two greenhouses and working in them is even better than I imagined. I would like to share my greenhouse gardening experiences with you.