The best type of grass to use for dogs largely depends on factors such as the dog’s activity level, climate, and the amount of sun or shade the lawn receives. Here are some grass types that are generally well-suited for dog-friendly lawns:
- Perennial Ryegrass: Perennial ryegrass is known for its fast germination and establishment, making it a good option for repairing dog-damaged areas. It has a fine texture and can tolerate moderate foot traffic.
- Kentucky Bluegrass: Kentucky bluegrass is a popular choice for dog-friendly lawns. It forms a dense and lush turf that can handle moderate foot traffic and recover well from wear and tear.
- Tall Fescue: Tall fescue is a robust and drought-tolerant grass that can withstand heavy foot traffic. It is known for its deep roots, which help it survive dog activity and environmental stress.
- Bermudagrass (durable varieties): Certain varieties of Bermudagrass, such as ‘Celebration’ or ‘TifTuf,’ are more durable and can handle moderate dog traffic. They are commonly used in warmer climates.
- Zoysia Grass (durable varieties): Some types of Zoysia grass, such as ‘Empire’ or ‘Zenith,’ are known for their toughness and can tolerate dog activity while still providing an attractive lawn.
When choosing the best grass for your dog-friendly lawn, consider the following tips:
- Traffic Tolerance: Select grass varieties that can withstand the level of dog activity in your yard. Some dogs are more active and playful than others, leading to more wear and tear on the lawn.
- Climate Suitability: Choose grass types that are well-suited to your local climate. Different grass species have varying tolerance to heat, cold, drought, and other environmental conditions.
- Maintenance: Keep in mind the maintenance requirements of the grass you choose. Some grasses may require more frequent mowing, watering, and fertilization than others.
- Pet-Friendly Lawn Care: Implement pet-friendly lawn care practices, such as regular cleaning up of pet waste, preventing urine spots with adequate watering, and providing shaded areas for dogs to rest.
Remember that even the most durable grasses can experience some wear and tear from active dogs. To help your lawn stay healthy and green, consider rotating play areas or providing designated play zones to minimize concentrated wear. Regular lawn maintenance and proper care will also contribute to a healthy and enjoyable outdoor space for both your dogs and your family.
Give Maroondah Landscapes garden maintenance team a call and talk to them about the right lawn for your pets and area – we offer comprehensive garden maintenance solutions tailored to your unique needs