6 Best Types of Grass for Dogs

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6 Best Grasses for Dogs

There is nothing like playing with your dog in the backyard. Whether it's a game of tag or searching your backyard, it's a space of endless fun.

All that playing time can erode the appearance of your lawn. Even if you don't have a wayward pup, your dog's daily potty breaks can turn green grass a sad yellow color.

The type of grass you choose for your yard can have a big impact on its appearance and its ability to withstand the wear and tear of having a dog. With a little foresight, your lawn can remain lush and green despite the sometimes harsh treatment of your pup. Here are 6 of the best herbs for dogs.

When choosing the best dog grass to suit your garden, consider the climate you live in, the pH level of your soil, and the type of rain you expect (or the watering regimen you may yield to), as some grams are much more drought tolerant than others.


Fescue grass is hardy and is well suited to active dogs who love to run and roll on the lawn. As part of the Festuca genus, there are many varieties to choose from.

Do you have a big dog? Fescue could be the perfect match. This grass variety is highly absorbent and can handle a large dog's urine with ease. Many varieties of fescue are very easy to care for, don't require a lot of care or nutrients to thrive, and can tolerate shade and drought. For an easy and long-lasting lawn option, fescue is a great choice.

 USDA Growing Zones: 4-7

• Sun Exposure: Shade to sun

• Soil Needs: Neutral, well-draining

Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)

Does your puppy run in circles around you with seemingly endless energy? This type of activity not only wears you down, but it also wears out the grass. Meet Kentucky Bluegrass, a beautiful, durable grass for cold seasons.

This popular fast-growing, fast-healing dense weed is up to the challenge of your dog's paws. It grows well in most climates and does very well in cooler areas.

In addition to its ability to heal itself from domestic violence or your pup's pot break, it also makes a very attractive-looking lawn with its blades of grass in unique shades of blue.

• USDA Growing Zones: 2-6

• Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

• Soil Needs: Slightly acidic to neutral, rich

Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne)

Perennial Ryegrass is hardy and tolerant of dog urine, making it a great choice if you have a large dog or multiple dogs. Although not as cold-hardy as Kentucky Bluegrass, it does very well in colder climates and maintains a pleasant green color in mild winters. This herb requires more water and fertilizer than other herbs.

• USDA Growing Zones: 3-7

• Sun Exposure: Sun to partial shade

• Soil Needs: Slightly acidic to neutral, moist, rich


Zoysia is a luxurious, dense grass genus, which makes it perfect for heavy foot traffic. It does well in warmer climates and does not require frequent watering due to its resistance to drought.

Once established, it is very durable and creates a thick, soft lawn that will withstand your dog's playtime. It takes two to four years to fully establish, but you will be rewarded with a rich lawn that you and your pup will appreciate.

• USDA Growing Zones: 5-11

• Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

• Soil Needs: Slightly acidic to neutral, loamy

Bermuda (Cynodon dactylon)

Don't have time to wait for zoysia grass to establish itself before dealing with your wayward pup? No problem! Bermuda grass is not only tough, but it also heals quickly. This makes it the perfect choice for frequent foot traffic.

Its deep root system makes it very resistant and for this reason, it is a popular choice for golf courses and sports. It is suitable for warmer climates and does not require frequent watering.

• USDA Growing Zones: 7-10

• Sun Exposure: Full sun

• Soil Needs: Slightly acidic to neutral, rich

Centipede (Eremochloa ophiuroides)

This herb requires specific growing conditions to thrive, but it can be a great option for fighting your pup's urine. It requires more acidic soil than most grasses and cannot tolerate alkaline soil.

Centipede grass does well in hot climates, but it needs a lot of water to survive. If you're in the US, that makes planting this herb in the southeast your best option. Otherwise, it may not thrive without diligent watering. With these higher wagering requirements, your dog's urine will be diluted and he will be less likely to turn green grass an ugly yellow.

• USDA Growing Zones: 7-10

 Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

• Soil Needs: Acidic, well-draining, sandy

Adding a puppy to the family doesn't mean you have to sacrifice a beautiful green lawn. With these grass varieties, you can keep your lawn looking lush and your pup happy at the same time.

In addition to choosing a sturdy grass variety, there are a few things you can do to help prevent some wear and tear problems. When it comes to going to the bathroom, picking up your dog's poop right away will prevent it from damaging the grass underneath. With the urine, try to regularly wash the places where your dog usually goes. This will dilute the urine and make the grass less likely to turn yellow.

By combining these simple tips with a variety of dog-friendly grass, your lawn will look better, even with your pup bouncing on it.

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Source: The Average Lawn Guy

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