Design a Dog-Proof Backyard

Our Advice for Practical, Low Maintenance Yards

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We get it. Maintaining a pet-friendly yard can be daunting.

Whether you’re dealing with dirty pawprints, questionable odors, or the constant battle to keep your grass from looking like a minefield, frustration with your lawn and pet adds up.

At Go Turf, many of our clients have come to us looking for ways to address these issues while building a beautiful, low-maintenance yard. So, we compiled this guide to help you achieve the ideal outdoor space, all while helping to eliminate the issues your pet can cause.

From picking and installing a durable, pet-safe fence to deciding which artificial grass stands up to heavy use, we’ll walk you through the must-have elements to build a beautiful, practical backyard for you and your furry freeloader. We’ll also discuss other various options to ensure your outdoor living space is a haven for you and your beloved pets.

You deserve to enjoy a lush, low-maintenance yard that’s the envy of the neighborhood – and every dog’s new favorite mojo dojo casa courtyard.

Let’s get started with assessing your yard and available space!

Assessing Your Space

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Designing your backyard to be dog-friendly yet functional for your family doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By first checking your available space and understanding your pet’s needs, you can create a space that caters to your needs while addressing your pup’s well-being.

To effectively design a dog-friendly backyard, it’s essential to consider the specific needs of your pet. For instance, larger breeds like German Shepherds, Labs, or Doodles require more space to accommodate their size and high energy levels. Smaller breeds such as Chihuahuas or Pomeranians may be content with less space due to their lower exercise needs. High-energy dogs crave ample space to romp and play, regardless of their size.

Your dog doesn’t have to rule your entire yard. With the proper setup, dog runs can be an excellent solution. They offer a designated space for your pet to explore and play while lowering the chance of tracking in dirt, spreading odors, and digging holes in new spots. Dog runs are also incredibly owner-friendly and customizable, depending on the space available and breed demands.

Creativity is key for those residing in urban areas or homes with limited outdoor space. Maximizing small spaces might involve using vertical gardens or installing small, durable fixtures that can withstand regular ruff housing.

If you enjoy gardening and have available space, raised garden beds provide a designated off-limits area to grow pet-safe plants such as lavender, rosemary, and marigolds. These plants not only add vibrant pops of color but also help naturally deter fleas and ticks.

Durable, Pet-Friendly Landscaping Materials

When it comes to designing a beautiful and dog-friendly backyard, your choice of landscaping materials is vital. Strong, dependable options are game changers when building an outdoor space that can withstand playful pets.

Two fundamental areas to focus on are dog paths and ground cover options.

For dog paths, sturdy materials like pavers, stepping stones, or decomposed granite offer a defined walkway that’s easy on paws and feet. Avoid slippery surfaces like smooth concrete or wood chips if possible, as these can be hazardous in unpredictable Colorado conditions.

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As you consider ground cover, look for low-growing, resilient plants that can handle heavy foot traffic. Clover, sedum, and creeping thyme are all excellent choices.

While natural grass has its charms, it can be high-maintenance and vulnerable to damage from heavy foot traffic and energetic pets. That’s where turf and grass alternatives shine.

Artificial turf is a pet owners’ secret weapon. It’s designed to be incredibly durable, withstanding the wear and tear of playtime without losing its luscious, green appearance. Plus, many artificial grass varieties and infills ar

e specifically engineered to be pet-friendly, with built-in deodorizers and drainage systems that make cleanup a breeze.

Consider pairing artificial turf with other hardy landscaping materials like stone, mulch, and dog-proof fencing for a low-maintenance backyard. This creates a cohesive, inviting space that can withstand the demands of an active household and the constantly shifting Colorado climate.

Synthetic turf, such as the high-quality options offered by Go Turf, can make all the difference. Artificial grass is soft and inviting for your pup and requires minimal maintenance, making it an ideal choice for busy owners and your barking best friend. Remember, all our turfs are non-toxic and safe for pets. Our pet-specific lines are designed to handle the rigors of pet daycares and other areas with multiple pets.

Complement your synthetic lawn with the appropriate fencing and borders to secure your family-friendly sanctuary.

Fencing & Security

Proper fencing and landscaping choices make all the difference when creating a secure and inviting backyard. Whether you’re looking to keep your doggos safe or simply enhance the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space, there are numerous options to consider.

A key decision is a dog-proof fence. Investing in a sturdy, well-designed barrier gives you peace of mind while protecting your family and backyard.

When choosing the ideal fencing, prioritize your home’s security and your pet’s specific needs.

Here are some practical options with critical factors:

Chain Link FencingApproximately $10 to $20 per linear footAffordable, durable, easy to maintain, and effective for containing dogsPotential for dogs to climb over or dig under; lacks aesthetic appeal
Vinyl Panel FencingRanges from $10 to $35 per linear footLow maintenance, offers solid protection, and is durableMore expensive than chain link, may not suit all visual preferences
Wood FencingBetween $11 to $45 per linear footAesthetically pleasing, provides a good sound barrier and visual privacy, secures dogs effectivelyHigher maintenance and cost; dogs may dig under
Metal FencingWrought iron around $25 to $35, aluminum $7 to $32 per linear footDurable, does not obstruct views, which can be beneficial depending on the dog’s behaviorGenerally more expensive, not suitable for dogs that can squeeze through bars
Corrugated Metal Fencing$17 to $90 per linear footStrong, low maintenance, resistant to weatheringHigher initial cost, which can amplify sound, which might affect sensitive dogs
Invisible Dog FencingAround $2.50 per linear footInvisible to the naked eyeIt can cause distress as it delivers shocks; it does not prevent other animals from entering.

Regular inspection and maintenance are necessary for each option to ensure no escape routes or potential pup injuries. Implementing additional measures, such as burying chicken wire below fences to prevent digging or ensuring gates have robust locking mechanisms, can further enhance the security and safety of your backyard.

After securing your yard, including functional areas for play can provide your family with a space to relax and unwind.

Here are a few ideas!

Creating Fun & Functional Areas for Your Pet

Doggy Delights: Splash Pools and Sandboxes

  1. Cooling Off with Splash Pool: A doggy splash pool can provide a refreshing retreat for dogs during bright Colorado days. Hard plastic kiddie pools are recommended due to their durability against dogs’ claws.
  2. Designated Digging Zones: Sandboxes offer a specific area for dogs to dig, protecting your lawn and garden from damage. To build a sandbox, excavate about a foot of topsoil, line the area with landscape fabric, and fill it with play sand.

Exercise and Entertainment

  1. DIY Agility Courses: Incorporate jumps, tunnels, and balance beams to keep dogs active and entertained. This can be a fun project that also enhances your dog’s physical fitness.
  2. Patrol Paths: Creating pathways with paving stones or gravel can define spaces for dogs to patrol, adding structure to their play areas while protecting your garden.

Comfort in the Outdoors

  1. Shade and Shelter: Ensure there are plenty of shaded areas using natural tree cover or installing canopies. This helps prevent dogs from overheating and digging holes to cool down.
  2. Rest Stops: Set up a doggy bed or outdoor couch in the shade, equipped with a nearby water station to keep your pet hydrated and comfortable.

Once you’ve selected your fun areas, your stage is set! Now, you should be aware of the energy and effort necessary to maintain your backyard.

Maintaining a Backyard with Pets

Properly managing a natural lawn requires regular upkeep and a ton of additional attention, thanks to your furry friend. Brown spots in the lawn, holes, weeding, and regular watering make keeping up a natural lawn a real hassle.

Instead, investing in quality artificial grass from a reputable provider like Go Turf can provide a low-maintenance solution that looks beautiful year-round. While a solution like this may have more upfront cost, the investment quickly pays off with minimal maintenance and a much lower water bill. Plus the turf is much better and handling the challenges your pet throws at it. From easy poop pickup to no brown spots, turf is a fantastic option for pet owners.

Making the switch to an artificial lawn is a smart choice for homeowners who want a stunning outdoor space without the hassle. Synthetic grass is durable, pet-friendly, and requires minimal maintenance, allowing you to enjoy your yard to the fullest.

What will your project look like?

Creating a dog-friendly backyard typically means combining functionality with low upkeep, ensuring a happy and healthy environment for pets and a beautiful space for you, their owner.

From selecting the proper fencing and durable landscaping materials, to creating fun features for your pets to play, these choices enhance both the physical and mental well-being of you and your pets while also building a space you and your family will love. The balance between pet needs and maintenance requirements emphasizes the importance of selecting suitable materials to create your new yard.

Our high-quality synthetic lawns are designed to withstand the unique climate of the Front Range, with options that mimic the natural look and feel of real grass. Our artificial grass cost calculator makes it easy to get an accurate estimate for your project online.

Once installed, maintaining your new synthetic lawn is a breeze—no more mowing, watering, or dealing with muddy patches. It’s the perfect solution for busy homeowners or those looking to reduce their environmental impact.

Make the switch to artificial grass with Go Turf, and enjoy a beautiful, hassle-free lawn for countless dog years to come.

If you’re ready to discuss your project, visit our website and schedule a time. During our complimentary consultation, we’ll discuss your vision, needs, and wants and recommend the best solution.

No obligation, no requirement to purchase.

We look forward to hearing from you!