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Did you know that not all grasses are created equally (and safely) for dogs? We did some research about grass seeds most suitable for dogs.
When choosing the right grass seeds, you want grass that is less prone to urine damage and can thrive under heavy foot traffic.
To dog-proof and optimize your lawn, you are looking for grass that has a rapid growth rate, deep root development and is climate-suited to your home.
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Here are the best grasses suitable for homes with dogs:
Best Grass Seed For Dogs Comparison Table
|1. Jacklin Seed – Kentucky Bluegrass
|2. Hancock’s Perennial Ryegrass
|3. groSMART Tall Fescue Blend
|4. Hancock’s Common Bermuda Grass Seed
|5. Dibbs Farm Pure Zoysia Grass Seeds
A cool-season grass suitable for lawns throughout the Northern region of the United States from coast to coast.
Kentucky Bluegrass is a beauty with its excellent color and pleasant texture. The blades are thin with rounded tips like the bow of a boat, making them soft to the touch.
This grass grows quickly and is hardy. It recovers quickly under heavy foot traffic.
The density of this grass can handle a great deal of activity. A choice grass for athletic fields. Your lawn won’t get torn up so easily by your dog.
The shallow root system means it needs a lot of water. Although it’s likely to go dormant faster than many other types of grass, on the plus side, it will make a speedy recovery when conditions improve.
With a robust root system, perennial ryegrass is a cool-season grass that will flourish.
Ryegrass is an “allelopathic” grass. It can influence the germination, growth, survival, and reproduction of other grasses and organisms by releasing chemicals into the soil.
For example, ryegrass can suppress the germination of crabgrass seeds, but it won’t remove crabgrass permanently.
Another top choice for athletic fields. When combined with bluegrass the foot traffic is well tolerated by ryegrass and bluegrass will spread and quickly heal any damaged areas.
When Bermuda grass goes dormant you can rely on overseeded perennial ryegrass to provide green color throughout winter.
With the exception of a few varieties that produce a high-quality lawn, this grass typically does not offer a dense turf. It is limited to thriving where winters and summers are not too extreme. This is a high maintenance grass.
A low maintenance cool-season grass. Fescues are hardy grasses with excellent moisture-absorbing properties that can grow in shaded areas.
Its 6+ feet deep roots means an extensive access to underground moisture. Fescues thrive in cool yet dry areas as well as manage in frosty climates.
Fescues thrive in climates that are less hot and have regular rainfall. Fescue grass does not grow quickly, which reduces the frequency of mowing your lawn.
When mowing, it is best to leave the grass between 7cm and 10cm high. Mowing any lower can expose the sod, which will dry it out and leave bare patches.
Existing blades grow slowly. New blades germinate quickly, within less than two weeks after sowing. Fescues thrive in poor soil as well as in an average lawn.
Its weak spot is pests and disease susceptibility, if left too long in wet conditions. While the grass does looks appealing, the blades have a coarse feeling.
Despite the name, this grass originates from India. This grass can take care of itself in warm weather with little to no shade.
A resilient easy to grow grass and is self-repairing.
It rarely needs supplemental irrigation. The perfect choice for high-traffic areas
This grass is an aggressive grower to the level of a weed. It needs a lot of maintenance to keep it in control from overrunning your garden beds and yard.
Bermuda grass does not do well in cold weather. It needs plenty of sunlight.
Zoysia grass is a warm-season grass, popular in hot regions of the United States. A fairly low maintenance self-sufficient grass that flourishes in a variety of climates.
Zoysia is a carpet-like dark-green lawn that can tolerate most combinations of sun, water and temperatures. It is resistant to weeds, insects and diseases.
Easy on the eyes and skin due to its soft, fine texture. It is naturally low-growing.
Zoysia doesn’t require much fertilization. It requires a fraction of the work compared to other grass varieties.
This water-efficient grass only needs about a half-inch of weekly rain to thrive. It grows slowly; so frequent mowing is unnecessary.
Zoysia does not stay green all year round. It loses its desired green color around mid-Fall. You may find your lawn is brown well into Spring.
Zoysia seeds are often not easily available for growing. You will need plugs or sod to fill in bare spots, which makes it expensive.
Despite it being drought tolerant and hardy once established, you will not see a fully established lawn for two to three years.
You can apply the same logic about purebreds and mutts to find the best grass for dogs. Mixed breed dogs are known to have a stronger immunity system compared to its purebred counterparts.
By using a blend of mixed grass seeds, we optimize their strengths and compensate for weaknesses. Here is what we found.
Jacklin Seed’s blend mix Ideal Shade contains 40% Creeping Red Fescue, 20% Chewing Fescue (both provide germination and durability in shaded areas), 30% Kentucky Bluegrass (durable blades of grass that fill in and thicken your lawn), 10% Perennial Ryegrass (quick germination).
This mix adapts to shade and full sun conditions. It performs well under varying fertility conditions.
Ideal Shade retains good disease resistance and recuperative potential from turf injury. It has excellent drought tolerance, good powdery mildew resistance and is a pleasing dark green color.