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Protecting your landscape from “dog spots”

by editor on July 15, 2011

Having a dog shouldn’t compromise your beautiful landscape. Most people who have dogs don’t believe in not allowing them to run freely throughout the yard, but unfortunately doing so has some consequences to your landscape, including urine spots and trampled grass. Here are some helpful tips to keep your landscape protected from your furry friend.

Consider installing a hardscape. This might seem like a drastic option, but having a hardscape such as a patio or gravel bed will give the dog a place to hang out and do his business without affecting plants or grass. It will also reduce the amount of landscape upkeep. Landscaping companies can install crushed gravel, which will make it easier for the urine to go unnoticed and anything else can be easily washed away.

Install fencing. By sectioning off parts of your landscape, you can give your dog his own section of grass while protecting the rest of your landscape from his paw traffic and bathroom breaks. Adding a fence can also add a nice decorative flair to your landscape.

Train your dog. This doesn’t do much for the wearing down of your grass, but teaching your dogs to stay away from plants and instructing him to only go to one specific spot in your yard to go to the bathroom will keep most of your landscape protected. A great trick is to lay mulch or crushed gravel in a certain spot of your yard and train your dog to only go to the bathroom in that specific area.

If none of these tips are a viable option, contact your landscaping company and ask if they have corrective services for urine spots.

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