You’ve got a barbecue planned, but just when you need your lawn looking its lushest, brown spots and holes begin to appear. It’s the sun, sure, but it’s also—the dog. And is that a poop pile that needs picking up?
Read on for easy ways to make the backyard work for both you and your dog. Most importantly: designate certain areas for digging and others for potty, and remember to keep dogs cool.
Dilute the Dog Pee
Urine contains nitrogen, which is actually a good fertilizer. However, too much in one spot creates brown patches. The bigger your dog, the more likely this is to occur. An easy solution? Keep your garden hose or watering can handy. Apply fresh H2O to saturate their favorite pee spots and help dilute the urine.
For great tips on nitrogen, sodium, diet control and more, these veterinarians offer even more solutions.
A Doggy Pee Post
A “pee post” is a designated spot for your dog to relieve himself. They come in all shapes and sizes, including, you guessed it, a fire hydrant. Amazon offer several options for purchase, or you can hack that and make your own. This video offers a few tips on going the DIY route for under $30.
The Digging Deterrent
If your dog has a favorite place for digging, it will be hard to deter them from it. One easy hack that will keep them away is to place chicken wire over the spot. You can also try large stones—these work best along fence lines.
The Designated Digger
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Give your dog their own sandbox! If they want to turn a patch of lawn into a rolling, digging, and bone-burying haven, designate a space for doing just that. As mentioned in our post on dog-friendly gardening, a dog sandbox can do wonders.
Digging can be caused by overheating. Help them stay cool, and dogs are less likely to dig. Create a shady spot with a tarp, a sun sail, or other popup shade. Lots of options (color, size, etc) are available for easy purchase.
A cooling bed is a great way to help hot dogs settle down (and do less yard damage). There are mats and options for purchase out there, but a fun summer project for dog lovers might be a DIY project like the one featured on ViralNova: some wood, PVC pipe computer fans, and ingenuity will produce an air conditioned resting spot.