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Here at GreenThumb, we are lovers of pets and lawns. We understand that your lawn is an extension of your home, especially for your furry friends. Some owners think having a lush, healthy lawn is impossible to achieve with their pets, but this isn't true!

A popular question we always get asked is - ''Can I have a nice lawn if I have pets?'' In short, yes. A lot of our GreenThumb customers have pets and they still see fantastic results. 

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. 

There are just a few more things to consider which will help your lawn reach its full potential even with your pets enjoying it too. 

Dogs

Dog owners may notice large dead patches. A dog's urine can cause scorched patches in the grass, especially if your buddy has a favourite spot. We recommend:

  • 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). 
  • 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.
  • Spraying water on the lawn straight after your dog has urinated can help. 

If you do have large bare patches, we can offer Top Dressing & Overseeding which will help fill the bare patch out. If the grass is completely dead, although it may be looking a little worse for wear, we can apply a StressBeater treatment which will help with the recovery. 

  • Does your dog love to dig? It's in some breeds nature to dig, but more often it can be a sign of boredom or excess energy. Either way, it doesn't make for a great lawn.
  • If you need to leave them alone in the garden, leave toys around to distract them, especially mental workout ones. 
  • Is your dog getting enough exercise? Dogs should be walked at least once a day, but more active breeds will need more physical and mental stimulation to avoid boredom. 
  • Make the area unappealing; cayenne pepper is a commonly discussed tactic. But it will need reapplying over time as the weather washes it away.

Cats 

Cats are mostly intent on using neighbours gardens for the toilet as opposed to their own. So, whether you own a cat or not, you will more than likely have to deal with a cat going the toilet in your garden. However, cats have the tendency of digging a hole in your border to do their business, which means they will leave your lawn alone!

There are many things you can do to deter cats from your garden. Here are a few:

  • Place half-full plastic bottles in borders. The light reflection is supposed to deter.
  • CDs can be threaded on twine with knots in between to keep them apart. String these across flower beds or hang from trees. The light reflections deter. 
  • Place clippings from thorny or spiky plants under bird feeders and under bushes will prevent cats from using these areas to stalk birds. 

For more tips, you can visit: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/

Grazing Animals

These animals such as rabbits, tortoises, etc. tend to eat the grass, so before applying any products you need to read the label carefully. Some of our GreenThumb treatments require these pets to be kept off the lawn for up to two weeks. If you can make your local branch aware of the pets you own, they will be able to advise accordingly. 

These pets 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. 

There will possibly be an area of the grass that we do not treat because of where the hut is placed, if this is the care, and you do move the hut around, when we next visit, we will treat that untreated area. 

Don't let your pets put you off from having a lawn to be proud of. It just requires a little more effort. GreenThumb are always on hand to help you. 

If your pet is causing trouble in your lawn or you would like to start your lawn journey, contact your local branch: https://www.greenthumb.co.uk/branch


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