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This week has flown by and today feels like CHRISTMAS. The day has come….GRASS INSTALLATION DAY! So here’s the back story…Last year we bought a house, and adopted our beautiful dog, Charlie. Charlie peed on the grass. Peed on it some more. And then some more. The grass died. The End.
First thing’s first, to be clear, female dog urine is not any worse than males–in fact it probably smells like rainbows and sunshine. However, it’s because females squat when they pee, causing it to be more concentrated in one area. While males, well you know, lift their legs up like savages.
Ok, back to the grass. The beautifully manicured grass that we had when we moved in, turned into what looked like a junkyard. So, we decided to do our research, weigh our options, and it came down to a 3-step solution (fingers crossed).
1. New Grass (well, duh)
While we REALLY wanted synthetic grass, our bank account thought that idea was hilarious. The next best thing was to find a durable grass–and if you don’t know this already, there are all kinds of grass, and some great for pets.
St. Augustine grass, we were told, was a great option. The only problem was, it can go dormant (so icky brown) for a few months out of the year depending on your climate. Not to mention, it was the most expensive when we looked. The next best thing? Fescue. Also durable, and I hear it’s prettier. And bonus, it doesn’t go dormant–bye bye icky brown color.
**Fescue and perennial ryegrass are most resistant to dog urine. (according to my very sophisticated google search)
First of all, let me just say this is not an endorsement, nor am I equipped to give a professional opinion on this. With that said, when I did a poll in my stories on Instagram, quite a few of you sent me this product and said that it worked.
When I looked it up, it had great reviews. It’s a natural supplement that the product claims “is clinically proven to help flush out any bad bacteria to support the bladder and urinary tract, keeping your dog healthy while ensuring your yard looks great.”
If it’s safe for Charlie, has great reviews, I’m trying it. I’ll also say, for the first few days she’s been taking them, she LOVES them.
Did you hear my loud sigh? This last part is going to test my patience I’m sure. I know you can buy fancy rocks and turf online, but I’m going a bit old school with this part. The plan is to take her on leash in the backyard and train her to pee behind the garage in a designated area. I’ve heard this can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks–wish me luck!
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