Needed: A Dog-Friendly Lawn!

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A backyard pine-tree removal project has left our lawn all but gone. Admittedly, a lot of what we've called "grass" in the past has been weeds with some grass thrown in. Now, however, we'd like to try to convert this dirt lot into a lawn again. The caveat is this: We have 2 dogs who love to romp up & down the yard, & their claws can do some major aerating. My question is, therefore, what type of grass would stand up to dog fun (once the grass is established), & how would you go about prepping, planting, & protecting it? (For planting/growing/climate purposes, we live in northwest Georgia, just north of Atlanta.) All we've been able to "learn" so far (from the big box store) is that we should have it professionally done, & that the dogs will probably undo whatever we have done. This is quite discouraging, since a professional job is not a financial feasibility, & the dogs are our four-legged children!

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  • DD DD on Mar 02, 2018
    warm-season grasses, Bermuda grass is among the toughest. If you need a cool-season grass for landscaping with dogs, try tall fescue grass.
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Mar 02, 2018
    Yes, dogs can be a trial to grass and yards. Can you build a run for them? Contact your County Agricultural Extension Service. There is one in Cartersville for Burton County GA. They can give you all the information you need to assist you. They are great - that's all they do - and it's free.
  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 02, 2018
  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 02, 2018
    Make a dog run for your dogs to use, and then take your dogs out daily for a run and play time to wear them out at a dog park, the beach, country road etc.. As a former dog trainer, we always trained out pups to run alongside our bikes using a lead to begin with and took all 60 dogs out to the beach twice a day, and then took them home for a bath and blow dry.
    Then seed or put sod down yourselves, sod would be much faster. Follow directions on watering daily to get the grass established. You will also have to prep the soil underneath with tilling, adding rich soil and raking to remove any grass or weed clumps, then set your sod or seed.
    I would also learn to trim your dogs nails short, and get some quick stop in case you cut a vein. Don't use your lawn as your dogs only form of entertainment, bathroom and working off their energy.... if you do, get astro turf and forget the grass.
  • Jeff Keith Jeff Keith on Mar 02, 2018
    I would definately reccomend having the professionals handle soil prep. And installation of sod. If that is out of the question for Finicial cost then ask about slit row seeding with a very high quality seed picked based upon your indivual soil test and University Extension reccomendations.
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