How to Create a Beautiful Dog Yard This Year

Are you having trouble keeping your dog yard beautiful?

If you’re a dog mom like me, it can be frustrating trying to keep your backyard beautiful when you have a dog that loves to dig, play in mud, and mark their territory on all of your flowers.

Luckily, I’ve done all the hard work for you and came up with the best ways to keep your backyard beautiful no matter how many dogs you have!

fencing dog yard

Fencing

One of the first things any owner should consider for their dog yard is fencing. If you live on a smaller property, fencing in your backyard is ideal to prevent your dog from ever running away.

Wooden and metal fencing are expensive but can also raise your home’s value if you’re planning to sell in the future.

Adding on to that, millennials are buying homes with their dog’s in mind, so many of them will favor homes with a fenced yard.

If you have a larger property or you don’t like the look of fencing, you can install an invisible fence with a correction collar.

PetSafe makes an invisible fence covering up to ¾ of an acre (affiliate link), and also corrects using static instead of shocks.

At $270, it may seem a little pricey, but it’s much less expensive than traditional fencing, and also gives you peace of mind that your dog can’t run away. 

Turf

Do you have trouble with your dog’s urine constantly killing your grass? I know I do!

If you don’t have acres of property, chances are your dog pees in the same spots, effectively killing your lawn.

I’ve tried everything from watering down the lawn to pet fertilizers, and none of them seemed to work.

In addition, when my two pitbulls run and play in the backyard, they naturally kick up the grass and dirt, destroying the grass little by little.

I’ve found that my only solution for a smaller yard has been to turf the grass areas with pet friendly turf.

ZGR Home & Garden sells pet-friendly turf on Amazon for great prices (affiliate link). They have different sizes, going all the way up to 13’x82’.

Turf is great in general because you never have to mow your lawn, there is a huge decrease in bugs and mosquitos, and your dog can’t kill the lawn no matter how hard they try!

This particular turf also has a 10 year warranty, so if anything happens, they’ll replace it for you.

If you do anything to spice up your dog yard, this is probably the one that will make the greatest impact. 

dog yard flowers

Dog Friendly Flowers

The next step to having a gorgeous dog yard is adding dog friendly flowers.

Flowers that are non toxic for dogs are a great way to add pops of color throughout your backyard.

Petunias, Asters, and Black Eyed Susans are just some of the many dog friendly flowers to choose from.

If you’re looking for ideas you can check out my recent post of my 10 favorite dog friendly plants for your garden this year. 

Garden Dividers

If you’re planning on having a garden in your dog yard, you’re also going to want to get garden dividers.

Though they’re basically tiny fences, they do wonders for keeping my dogs out of the garden and away from my vegetables.

Garden fences are usually a little pricey, but I found a good deal on Amazon and got these pretty garden dividers from WXGY (affiliate link).

After a day or two of telling the dogs “no”, they got the idea that they were no longer allowed past the fence. No more dead flowers!

dog yard house for dogs

Dog House

Of course, any great dog yard comes with a proper dog house! Especially during the hotter months, your dog should always have a shady place to sit to escape overheating from the sun.

If you’re looking for inspiration, you can check out my article on my top 5 favorite luxury dog houses to spoil your fur baby with.

You can spice it up even more by planting some small trees or bushes around the dog house to blend it into the landscape. The options are limitless! 

Dog Run

Lastly, if you want your dog to have a completely different space than the one your family uses, consider building a dog run in your yard.

Many people use this option when they’re dog’s urine constantly kills the lawn, creating a mud pit.

By sectioning off a part of your yard with fencing and a dog house, your dog will have their own little space to take care of business.

The average dog run you can buy for a large dog is 4x10ft, but if you want a bigger one, you can always build it yourself.

There is a good deal on Amazon for a 5’x10’ dog run with a canvas roof for only $100 (affiliate link).

I personally don’t have one, but it can be useful to have if you need to put your dog in a separate space while you have company over in your dog yard. 

dog yard pitbulls running in grass

Conclusion

I hope this post gave you some solutions to having a beautiful dog yard.

After years of trial and error, these are the things that I’ve found work for me, so I hope they do the same for you!

What do you do as a dog mom to keep your backyard looking great? I’d love to know in the comments below!

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