Choosing a New Lawn When You Have a Dog

Not all grass is the same, and this is something to remember when you're in the market for a new lawn. The old lawn might be patchy and generally unhealthy, and if you want to avoid this with the new lawn, you'll need to choose one of the best types of lawn for your family. And if a dog is a member of your family, you need to choose a lawn that can withstand a certain amount of punishment.

Daily Doggy Activities

You're not going to be running back and forth across your lawn with clawed feet for hours on end (unless you enjoy this form of exercise and need to cut your toenails, but no judgement). However, this is precisely what your dog will be doing. Likewise, they're likely to throw their entire body down onto the lawn and roll around. And don't forget the fact that your lawn will also be serving as your dog's toilet. When you're the parent of a dog, your lawn needs to be able to withstand the daily activities of your four-legged baby.

Your New Lawn Must Be Strong

You need to choose a lawn that is durable, is best-suited to your local climate, has substantial regenerative abilities (to quickly recover from the acidic onslaught of your dog's toilet needs), and has a deep root system to handle even the most energetic of playtimes. A turf company will be able to guide you in the right direction, but fescue, Bermuda, and zoysia are all good starting points.

Keeping Your Lawn Pristine

Your ultimate choice will depend largely on the local climate (as in which type of lawn will thrive in your area with minimum assistance) and your budget. Although your new lawn will be hardy, you might want to keep it as pristine as possible, and this is a problem when you consider the fact that your new lawn will be pulling double duty as your dog's toilet. Be sure that your dog is well-hydrated so that the uric acid count in their urine remains diluted. To keep your lawn clean, you might also want to take the time to train your dog to only use a certain portion of it for their toilet needs. 

The needs of your dog will play an important role in choosing the best new lawn for your home, so make sure the grass can withstand that pooch punishment it will receive. Contact a landscaping company to evaluate the types of lawn that are suitable for your dog.