The Q&A Archives: Dog-proof Lawn

Question: I have a Golden Retriever that loves to play fetch. Her quick turns to retrieve her ball are very hard on our lawn. We are planning on completely reseeding. What type of lawn would be best suited to our running retriever?

Answer: A thick and healthy stand of Kentucky Bluegrass makes a great play field and looks attractive nearly all year around in your gardening region. Alternatives include perennial ryegrass or a bluegrass/ryegrass mixture.

The secret to a great lawn is to start with good soil preparation prior to planting, water deeply, and feed in April, June, September and November with a 3-1-2 ratio of fertilizer. Regular mowing (removing no more than 1/3 of the grass blades) will also help your lawn become thick and healthy enough to withstand foot traffic (and games of fetch).

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