Sometimes, it seems that the avid gardener must make a choice between a garden and a pet. Cats will indiscriminately soil the garden, but it is nothing compared to the damage a dog can do you’re your garden. Fortunately, there are steps you can take, and with the help of lawn services, you can protect your lawn and garden.
One of the problems with dogs is the damage they do when they go to the bathroom. Even if you are diligent about cleaning up after your dog, you will see yellow spots in the lawn where the chemicals in the animal’s urine and feces have damaged the grass.
Lawn services often have treatments for this problem that will help the grass to recover its former color. They may even put some kind of deterrent in that area. The deterrent will wear off after a while, but give the grass a chance to recover in that area in the meantime.
Dogs, especially, tend to wear trails in the garden. With this in mind, talk to your lawn service to see if there is a durable grass they can plant in those trails. Fescue can often grow where nothing else will. Your service may also take care to keep those trails aerated. This will keep the soil from becoming compacted, which is the number one reason grass stops growing in those areas. It’s not just the friction from the dogs’ feet, it’s the fact that the soil becomes so packed down that grass roots cannot penetrate. By aerating the soil, you keep it loosened up enough that the grass can continue to grow.
The addition of crushed oyster shell will also help to keep the trails in good shape. The crushed shells will work their way down into the soil, keeping it broken up so that grass can grow. It also serves as fertilizer.
Another creative solution for trails in your garden and lawn is to use pavers. Pavers are available in many different styles and of many different materials. Do you have extra cladding that was not needed on your shed? Consider building a frame for it along the trail your dogs have made, and use the cladding as a sidewalk of sorts. Use leftover bricks, flat stones, store bought pavers, landscaping logs, etc. You can work toward a formal look with all the same kinds of pavers, or get a more casual look with a variety of materials.
Paving trails that seem to go helter skelter across your garden may seem to be counter-intuitive, but you would be surprised at how nice they look when you are finished.
Installing planters in your garden can also help to preserve the appearance, in spite of dogs. Think about the trails and favored potty areas in your garden, and plan planters and decks around those areas. By incorporating your dog’s habits into your garden layout, you will have more success in maintaining a beautiful lawn and garden.