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dogs and front lawns....


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jeff01-May-03 03:03 AM EST 6a   
Susan01-May-03 07:28 AM EST 6a   
jeff01-May-03 08:39 AM EST 6a   
Susan01-May-03 09:25 AM EST 6a   
JEFF02-May-03 01:59 AM EST 6a   
01-Sep-04 06:36 PM EST 2b   
Gail R30-Sep-04 03:47 PM EST 3a   


Subject: dogs and front lawns....
From: jeff
Zone: 6a
Date: 01-May-03 03:03 AM EST

Don't know if any folks out there can help but ...I have two very large dogs that I love like children ...unfortunatly even though they get two good walks in the park on most days...they still go at times on our front lawn and I can't even begin to tell you how bad my front lawn is looking and as well other dogs in the neighborhood have been joining in the fun as well....I just can't figure out what to do about this...at first I though it was grubs...(large expanses of bald spots) but I treated it for that and this year its even worse....I'm open to suggestions from all...I don't know if I should forget trying to grow grass and just continue with my plant collecting and plant the whole front yard in shrubs and plants or...????please and thanx...any help or suggestions would be appreciated...~j~


Subject: RE: dogs and front lawns....
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 01-May-03 07:28 AM EST

As the owner of a 12-year-old female Golden Retriever, I have a similar problem but in the backyard. The best article I've seen on the issue - it's by a vet at Perdue University and is posted as part of the universitiy's Turfgrass Resouce Information - is at:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/plantanswers/turf/dog_lawn_problems.html

The article addresses the myths around causes and cures. Esssentially the conclusion appears to be to designate a specific site as a 'doggie bathroom' and train the dog(s) to go there only. While I haven't done a formal designated site, Chelsea does largely restrict herself to one area, which I've resigned myself to seeing with dead lawn!


Subject: RE: dogs and front lawns....
From: jeff
Zone: 6a
Date: 01-May-03 08:39 AM EST

thanx Susan...I think I'll probably be the same...something I can live with, but maybe I can plant something to hide the sight from my neighbors...do you think that all things planted there would die to....they (the dogs) usually save it for grass areas...if I plant a shrub I guess it should be ok if I ammend the area....(honestly I don't care much for grass anyway...Ha...


Subject: RE: dogs and front lawns....
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 01-May-03 09:25 AM EST

You didn't say if the dogs are male or female - saving it for the grass sounds female - which means less damage to shrubs as there wouldn't be the spray effect! If they're female, I'd think you could plant just about any shrub along the boundary with your neighnours and be OK. If there's a male dog involved, perhaps you could put a lattice in front of the shrubs - if you use one of those wooden lattices with close slats so there's not too many openings, it would deflect most of the damage I'd think. If you also put an area of pine bark mulch in front of it, you could make it quite attractive I'd think. Try planting Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) - it's both salt tolerant and acid soil tolerant so is pretty tough. It has nicely scented white or pink flowers in late summer and can tolerate both sun and part shade. It suckers and will eventually form a thicket if you let it so will form a hedge fo you. It comes in either short types - "Hummningbird" about 3' tall or taller varieties that get to be 5-6' tall. It also turns a nice bright yellow in the fall.


Subject: RE: dogs and front lawns....
From: JEFF
Zone: 6a
Date: 02-May-03 01:59 AM EST

THATS JUST GREAT...I WILL TRY THAT...AND THEY ARE BOTH MALE....AND BIG...110 LBS AND AROUND 80LBS....FUNNY THING IS THEY BOTH WILL SQUAT IN THE GRASS ...THE ONLY TIME I SEE THEM LIFT A LEG IS WHEN THEY ARE IN THE PARK..SO HOPEFULLY THEY WON'T BE PEEING ON ANY PLANTS OR SHRUBS......THANX FOR THE GREAT INFO SUSAN!! I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP....~J~


Subject: RE: dogs and front lawns....
From: (dakotasw@telus.net)
Zone: 2b
Date: 01-Sep-04 06:36 PM EST

My vet suggested that we mix a spoonful of dry milk powder into dog food. Seems to help. Try to get dog to drink as much water as possible, dilutes urine.


Subject: RE: dogs and front lawns....
From: Gail R
Zone: 3a
Date: 30-Sep-04 03:47 PM EST

My daughter swears by this and it really does work. Put a couple of tablespoons of tomato juice in their drinking water. Have no idea why it works but it does apparently.


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