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How to deal with Pets on your Lawn


Many homeowners believe you can’t have a lush lawn with a pet. But this isn’t true! In short, it’s possible. It just requires a little more effort. 

We are often asked if our lawn treatments are safe for pets – absolutely! At GreenThumb, we ensure your lawn is suitable for the whole family. 

We only recommend that you keep your dog or cat off the lawn until any liquid part of the treatments have dried (approx. 2 hours or more depending on weather conditions and moisture content). Our experienced Lawn Operatives will advise you on the day for the precautions you need to take. 

A lot of our customers have pets and still see fantastic results!


The main damage is usually caused by dog urine. Their urine contains highly concentrated Nitrogen which will cause scorched patches in the grass, especially if your buddy has a favourite spot! 










We recommend: 
•    Washing away the urine as soon as possible can help. 
•    Try and take your dog(s) for a morning walk before they relieve themselves on the lawn. It's usually their morning urine that is the strongest, so this is when most damage to the lawn can be caused (although each situation is different). 
•    Some people are able to train their dog to pee in a particular area in the garden to prevent lawn-wide damage. 
•    If you're not able to keep the dog off the lawn then putting any pebbles, bark or sand on the area may encourage them to go elsewhere.
•    Keep some seed nearby and spread over any scorched areas. 

If you do have large bare patches, contact your local GreenThumb branch for a free lawn analysis: www.greenthumb.co.uk/branch. We will be able to advise on the appropriate action for your lawn. 
Dogs may also dig holes. It’s in some breeds nature, however, it can be sign of boredom and excess energy. If you need to leave them alone in the garden, leave toys around to distract them or they may have pent up energy and require another walk.


Whether you own a cat or not, you will likely come across one in your garden.

They are mostly intent on using a neighbour’s garden for the toilet! However, cats have the tendency of digging a hole in your border to do their business.

Great news for our lawns! If you want to deter cats away from your garden, you could plant ‘smelly’ plants. Cats are very sensitive to smell and will often head in the opposite direction. For example, lavender - humans love it, cats loathe it! 







Grazing Animals

Please make your GreenThumb Lawn Operative aware if you have any grazing animals. Some of our treatments require these pets to be kept off the lawn for up to two weeks.

 They will be able to advise accordingly. Grazing Animals are usually contained to one area in a hutch or pen. As a result, damage to your lawn caused by their urine, eating, etc. will damage the grass and causes dead patches, but it will be confined to that one area.

To avoid excess damage, we recommend every so often you move the hutch or pen to another part of the lawn to stop that area becoming too damaged. Then go back and water down their previous home to dilute the urine. 


For more information, visit:  https://www.greenthumb.co.uk/

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