Four Tips For Landscaping As A Dog Owner

When it comes to landscaping your yard, you are going to have many considerations to make as a dog owner. This is because you want to be sure that you don't end up with a yard that has a great deal of "dog spots." The chemicals in dog urine is what causes these dog spots to show and they can be quite unsightly. Here are four tips to help you avoid this issue:

  1. Switch Grass Type: The first thing you may consider is switching your grass type. Some grasses are better able to withstand high traffic and dog urine. Bermuda grass, for example, tends to be the best because it is highly resistant. Or you can plant more clover in your yard. Clover can grow with the grass in your lawn to help it withstand traffic even better. You can find clover seeds at your local hardware store. 
  2. ​Rinse Areas With Water: This option would be extremely time consuming, but you could rinse the area that your dog has urinated with water right after they have gone. This would mean that you would have to be at home every time your dog uses the bathroom. This could be realistic if you work from home or you are retired and are home anyway with your dog. This is a great way to help get rid of the chemicals right away that cause dog spots. 
  3. Fence Off the Areas for Your Dog: Another great option is just to fence off a designated area for your dog to use. You can even train your dog to only use the bathroom in certain areas of the yard to help prevent them from causing damage to any other areas. A wood picket fence is a great way to fence off certain sections without decreasing the appeal of your landscaping. This is because wood blends into the natural environment well. 
  4. Don't Plant Flowers Along the Fence: Flowers and other plants can easily be destroyed by the chemicals found in dog urine, which is why you want to avoid planting in areas where your dog will tend to urinate the most. For example, planting along the edges of the fence is a bad idea because dogs are highly territorial and one area that they love to mark is the edges around the fencing. 

By following these four tips, you can be sure that you are able to landscape your yard in a way that works for you and your dog. For more help with landscaping, contact a company like A-1 Landscaping & Lot Clearing.