A healthy lawn is great news for pets, as it gives them space to run around and play, as well as somewhere they can be outdoors without being in any danger.
Over time the rigours of four furry feet falling on your grass can lead to damaged and bare patches, but there are simple steps you can take to protect your lawn.
From everyday lawn care through to some special measures that are aimed particularly at protecting from pets we’ll take a look at the options available…
Everyday Lawn Care
First and foremost, treat your lawn well and it will naturally withstand all kinds of use better, whether that's pets, the little ones, or your own time spent out in the sun.
Some simple day-to-day lawn care tasks you can put on your schedule include:
- Clear fallen leaves and debris from the lawn surface.
- Mow regularly to a healthy height (and never when waterlogged).
- Scarify in late spring or early autumn to remove dead growth.
Processes like scarifying should only be done occasionally - once every 1-2 years is fine - but together these add up to your regular lawn care routine.
Feed and Weed
Combined 'feed and weed' solutions are an easy way to get rid of unwanted growth from your lawn, and to leave the grass with the nutrients it needs to grow back stronger.
EverGreen 4 in 1 Complete is one of the leading products on the market. It kills moss, kills weeds, improves the greenness of your grass in seven days, and encourages thicker, tougher regrowth.
Together, these add up to a more pet-proof lawn, and you can allow your pets back on to the grass as soon as the EverGreen Complete 4 in 1 has fully dried.
Water Your Lawn
As important as feeding your grass, you should also keep it well watered, especially during dry weather. Sprinklers can help with this, and pets such as dogs might love splashing around in the sprinkler's spray too.
Watering can also help to reduce the damage from any toilet-related mishaps, although it's even better if you can train your pet to go in a specific spot, well away from your lawn.
If you want your lawn to look pristine with little to no maintenance, artificial grass might be the way to go.
Luxury artificial grass like Easigrass Knightsbridge has a deep pile for a cushiony soft feeling underfoot, as well as a mix of different green tones for a natural appearance.
Easigrass Knightsbridge is safe for pets and children, making it an excellent option for a family home, especially if you find your natural grass lawn wears out frequently.
Don't worry if your lawn looks brown after a heat wave or your grass growth is patchy - it's a natural, growing system and with the right care and attention, it will recover.
Grass is incredibly hardy when treated well, and there's always the option of artificial turf if you'd rather not worry about feeding, weeding, watering and mowing.