New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

Got Kids, Pets, and a Lawn? Here's How to Keep a Well-Used Lawn Looking Lovely

Sonia Scott

If you're like most people with an active household that includes children and/or pets, you may already be familiar with the challenge of keeping your lawn looking good. After all, it's only natural for children and pets to want to play and romp outdoors — but you don't want your lawn to turn into a muddy patch of weeds as a result. Here's what you need to know about keeping a well-used lawn looking lovely. 

Install a Dog Run

A backyard dog run provides your pet with a designated area where it can exercise and otherwise spend time outdoors without running the risk of damaging your lawn. Even if you've got a securely fenced yard, dog runs provide an extra layer of protection against your dog inadvertently getting loose and perhaps being hurt in traffic. Concrete is the best surface material for dog runs because it's easy to clean, but make sure your pet has some soft sleeping and resting areas in the form of washable dog beds and/or blankets as well as a covered shelter to get out of the rain or snow. 

Create a Separate Play Space for the Children

A separate play space for children won't keep them off the lawn entirely — after all, no child should be without the experience of feeling a soft, velvety-green lawn beneath bare feet or running through the sprinklers on a hot summer day. But a designated play area with play equipment and playground mulch instead of grass provides a place for more robust activity. 

Hire a Good Lawn Maintenance Service

Once a lawn starts to go downhill, it can become seriously damaged very quickly. For instance, a small bare patch might not seem like much to you, but it will be an extremely attractive piece of real estate to errant weed seeds, and weeds grow and reproduce very quickly. Weeds have very little chance of crashing the party in a healthy lawn, however. A professional lawn maintenance service will be aware of signs that your lawn may be headed for decline and be able to take the proper steps to prevent that from happening. For instance, they'll be able to quickly fill in small bare spots that are created by the activity of children and pets before opportunistic weeds even know these spots are there. 

Your local lawn maintenance service can provide you with more best practices tips for keeping your lawn lush and green.


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New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.