Posted: 06/08/2013 at 19:09
my dogs (23and 37 kg's) like to run and dig, and kick up big clods of grass after having a pee... the old dog used to think it was amusing to pluck clumps of grass out and shake them, so without dividing the garden into mine and theirs, i was always on a loosing battle and the amount of mud tracked into the house was just getting silly last winter.
in desperation i eventually did a bit of a garden re-design. i put a stock fence around my lawn area and funneled the dogs up a brick pathway towards their part of the garden (which helps get the mud off their paws before they get to the back door.)
i also put a couple of gates in, so i can keep them off the lawn when they're out there unsupervised, but open both up if i'm out there working in the garden or entertaining... yes, we still have an uneven lawn... but we're gradually filling in the hollows, furrows and tunnels with soil and seed, and they are improving now they are not being constantly being vandalised my stock fence it wouldn't win any design awards, but it was cheap and effective and but now i know it works i can save up for nicer fencing or possibly plant a hedge.
watering and diluting pee patches seems to work well for me, and i used to be a two bitch household so there was plenty of potential for scorching, the most damage seems to be when we have visiting dogs and they all engage in a peeing competition. like shelly t, i wish it was as effective on the weeds as it is on the grass!
the dogs seem to be a bit more respectful of the lawn these days when they are on it, they no longer dig on my side, although they will occasionally drag a log down to chew on while having a sunbathe, they're getting the idea that hooliganism is to be kept to their own side of the fence.