You love your pup, but even man’s best friend can create a headache from time to time, especially when it comes to your lawn. From digging holes to staining grass with their nitrogen-rich urine, dogs can ruin an impeccable stretch of grass in a single summer. Choosing the best grass for dogs is imperative to maintaining a healthy lawn.
Some grasses are hardier than others. These grasses are ideal for areas that endure high traffic. They stand up to running kids, rolling dogs and can even withstand frequent urine better than other types of grass. When in doubt, choose a high-traffic grass for your lawn, even if your dog ownership is only in your future plans and not a current reality. These three types are particularly popular for dogs; the right grass for you depends largely on the climate in your area.
Bermuda grass is a good high-traffic grass in warm weather climates. You can plant the grass from seeds, plugs or sod from May to September and expect the lawn to be established within one year when growing in full sun. Despite having fairly fine leaves, your lawn will be durable and tolerant of heat and drought.
St. Augustine Grass
This type of grass, also ideal for warm-climate lawns, has a dense turf that helps it hold up to dog play and other traffic. The coarse leaves add to its resilience, and the grass can thrive even in partial shade. St. Augustine grass can be grown from seed, but the seeds are often hard to come by and may not succeed. Fortunately, plugs and sod are also available in St. Augustine varieties.
Perennial rye grass is a good option for cold-weather climates. Not only does the grass stand up to stampeding paws, but it can recover from urine damage. An added benefit of planting perennial rye grass seeds is that it can establish quickly with the right growing conditions, including plenty of water and enough nutrients.