This article is for all you dog-loving dads out there with a green thumb and a passion for keeping your lawn in tip-top shape.
Our country has become increasingly obsessed with keeping a well-manicured lawn over the past several years, and there doesn’t seem to be any signs of that trend slowing down soon. You need to take a lot into account if you want to “keep up with the Joneses” and make sure that everyone in the neighborhood thinks your lawn is a sight to behold!
There are tons of products, equipment, tools, and strategies that can be used, which means you need to do your homework. On top of that, dog owners need to take even more time and planning to effectively come up with a winning strategy to ensure that they’re taking their pet’s best interests into consideration. Hopefully, these tips will help you and your pup become the best on the block with the greenest grass, brightest flowers, and straightest edges!
The most potentially dangerous aspect of lawn care when it comes to dog safety is the product selection. Whether it is fertilizer, a weed killer, mosquito repellent, or grass seeds, you need to make sure that there’s nothing harmful contained in what you’re spreading on your lawn. Dogs have a tendency to sniff up anything new that isn’t normally present, so they are sure to be intrigued by whatever product you’re planning to use. Make sure to do your research and read the labels to see the ingredients you’re about to use on your property. Do your best to check out some resources for recommendations on things like pet friendly weed killer brands, as well as any other chemicals you’re considering. There are a lot of great pet-safe products on the market today, so you’ll be able to find something that will work well for you.
Train Your Dog Where To Poop
Teaching your dog, especially while they’re young, to use the bathroom in the same place every time is certainly worth the effort. Not only does this save you time and hassle when it’s time to scoop everything up, but it can also have big benefits with your weekly lawn care. Dogs that do not pee in the same location each time will probably create dead grass spots all over your lawn. Even with the best fertilizing products on the market, you will be no match for the devastating effects that your well hydrated dog can have on your once green lawn.
Make sure they go in the same place to avoid this. If you have a wooded area on your property, this might be the perfect place. Also, training them to use the backyard, rather than the front, is best. Just in case they do go in the wrong spot, at least the damage will be in your backyard and not visible to all your neighbors driving by.
Be Aware Of Loud Noises
If your dog is afraid of loud noises, you’ll need to take extra precautions to make sure that they’re okay while you’re outside working on your lawn. Most people know that things like thunderstorms and fireworks (in fact, the day after the Fourth of July is generally the biggest day for animal shelters due to runaway, scared dogs) can easily frighten some dogs, but not many people think about the noisy equipment they’re using on a weekly basis.
Whether it’s your lawn mower, weed whacker, power saw, or leaf blower, you may need to take extra measures to remove your dog from the area so that they don’t get spooked. While this is not the case for all dogs, it’s still worth mentioning since there are many dog owners out there who are causing their dog anxiety every week, and they probably don’t even realize it. You may even need to consult your vet or a dog trainer if your dog is inconsolable in the presence of loud noises to see what types of things can be done to make them feel more at ease.
Depending on the breed of your dog and their inherent tendencies, they might be diggers. Certain breeds are known to dig more than others. It’s important to figure out if this is the case with your dog. Make sure to pay attention to them as they go outside and see if they have a favorite place to hide their treats, if they like to dig up your wife’s garden, or if they think they can dig a hole under your fence to hang out with your neighbors.
If this perfectly describes your dog, make sure you’re prepared. It’s highly recommended to always have a bag or two of topsoil and grass seed handy so that you can quickly cover up any of your dog’s mischievous actions. Additionally—and this is more for safety reasons—make sure your fence is strongly reinforced and dug deep enough into the ground so that your dog can’t easily escape. It always pains me to hear about friends who have dogs that run away and get lost.
Finally, if you’re planning to install an invisible fence, consider mapping it in such a way that this prevents your dog from going to areas where digging is more likely.
To Sum Things Up
It’s imperative to protect your dog when planning out your lawn care for the year. However, this doesn’t mean that you still can’t have the lawn of your dreams! If you take a little bit of time and effort to plan out the products you use, how you train your dog, and keep your dog’s natural tendencies in mind, you’re bound to have a successful year outside. Make sure to check out some of our favorite resources to keep your pets safe and your grass green.