Spring is in the Air (and Poop is in the Yard)

Spring is finally here and I can smell the flowers! My humans are shedding their winter coats, which is a sign of sunny days and even longer walks to come. But after the snow melted, I’ll admit the backyard looked a little bit … ruff. I’ve been going to the bathroom out there all winter long, and let’s just say the snow can hide a lot. Now that warmer weather is here, my humans are going to be spending a lot more time outside, so we thought it would be a good idea to include some tips and tricks to help you get your yard springtime ready. After all, spring cleaning is an indoor and an outdoor job for dog owners, whether you plan on relaxing outside with the family or having some friends over for a barbeque. Mmm…barbeque …. 

First Things First, Get out and Scoop That Poop! 

If you’re dog is anything like me, I’m sure he’d love to help you clean up the mess he’s been making all winter long. If only we had opposable thumbs! Unfortunately the job falls to you, and it’s best to get it done early and often!  

Now, on the Aesthetics (courtesy of MyHomeIdeas.com

Step 1: Aerate your soil. 
Compacted soil is hard for water, air, and roots to penetrate, and that makes it hard on grass. So go to your local equipment rental store, and get a core aerator. A half-day’s rental should cost you around $40. 
Step 2: Mow the old grass low. 
Those with cool-season grass (bluegrass, fescue, or perennial ryegrass) can skip this part. But those with warm-season lawns (Bermuda, buffalo grass, centipede, St. Augustine, or Zoysia) need to mow that old, brown grass low at the end of winter to remove thatch, an accumulation of dead stems and leaves.
Step 3: Contrasting Color 
Bonus Tip: Think Before You Spray 
There are all kinds of weed-killers and fertilizers out there designed to give humans the perfect-looking lawn. But people don’t always think before they spray! Curious mutts like me love sniffing around the yard, so it’s important to take care about when and where you spray outdoor chemicals. Consider all of the ingredients and don’t shy away from more natural or homemade options. If you’re uncertain whether or not a variety of spray is safe for your pet, be sure to talk to your vet to ensure springtime stays safe for every two-legged and four-legged member of your family.   

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Hogan

Hogan, ShednPooper’s go-to mutt advocate, offers a wealth of canine facts, tips and resources that strengthen the bond between people and their mutts.