Zoysia: Kids and Pets

posted on January 10th, 2012 by

When you have children or pets, your lawn can take quite a beating. Kids love to run and play. Pets love to dig and run. Having a strong, hearty grass will save your lawn from the abuse and Zoysia is a wonderful grass that can fit the bill for active families.

Zoysia does not require the same dangerous chemicals that other grasses do because Zoysia naturally resists bugs and weeds. This saves you from having to dump harsh pesticides and weed killers on your grass. Established Zoysia also requires very little fertilizing. Pets and children can romp on the lawn without the risks associated with chemicals.

The way Zoysia grows outward along the ground makes it resilient to damage. This means that it can take a beating with very little lasting effect. The kids can play, the dog can run and dad can practice his golf swing, all without worrying about the grass. In the event that your Zoysia lawn *does* get damaged, it will actually heal itself by filling in the hole.

One of the harsh realities of owning a pet is that they use the lawn as a bathroom.  Zoysia is more tolerant to pet waste than other grasses. No grass can survive constant, prolonged exposure in the same spot from pet waste.  Some grasses react to even a little pet waste, turning brown after occasional exposure. Keep pets off of new plugs for the first 30 days while they become established. After that, it’s fine to let Fido enjoy your Zoysia lawn.


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3 Responses to “Zoysia: Kids and Pets”

  1. Tamekia Woodyard Says:

    February 18th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Great justification. I love read it Marcy Lu

  2. Patty Says:

    February 24th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I have 2 Chows and need to do my backyard any suggestions on how to do this and keep them off of it for 30 days.

  3. admin Says:

    February 25th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Patty,
    If the Chows have to use the backyard during that time, I would suggest roping off at least a section for them to use and try to keep them off of the rest of the yard, as much as possible. You may want to consider using a leash if necessary. After the 30 days are up you can start to let them on the planted area and plant plugs in the roped off area.

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