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    Hi guys..

    Not sure if you'll be able to help me as i know each dog is different and what affects one wont/may not affect another... BUTTTTTTTTTTTT

    Are there certain types of grasses to avoid??

    Im planning on putting some grass down (as chloe has destroyed my plants by laying on them; though i expected it would happen) but I know its a fav spot of Chloes so i want to try and avoid any known types of 'bad' grass for dogs (ie, those that tend to cause allergies, skin conditions)

    I couldn't find much on google that was Australian based so i don't know if the info i was reading from the US would be relevant or not..

    thanks in advance!

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    No idea, sorry, but I have had many moves in my life with the dog/s and I have never had a problem with any allergies. I have also had them roaming paddocks, grass seeds in eyes and coats but no as such reactions to actual grass.

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    Same, never had a dog have a reaction to grass. If your buying turf to lay I think you"ll be pretty safe.

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    No idea, sorry Jodz.

    Like the others, I've never encountered a dog with allergies to certain types of grasses. Have heard of it once or twice, though.

    Hopefully she will be right with just some basic yard seed. Hope others can help.

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    I've got kikuyu (not sure spelling) but it's the toughest grass I've met. And it's nice and soft and spongey. Well it wouldn't be spongey if I got it scarified from time to time but I like it soft. In Adelaide on the flat (minimal to no frost) it stays green all year. Especially as I put my laundry water on it during summer - it loves the detergent with phosphorus (eg the old omo) but is pretty happy with BIOZet. It's the kind of grass that gets used on horse race courses.

    You can get sterile male kikuyu - that doesn't have flowers (I think) and doesn't make seeds that spread everywhere - if I was getting lawn rolled out now I'd get that.

    Couch makes a nice tough lawn - used for tennis courts and cricket pitches but can be a lot of work to keep nice.

    Buffalo is quite sharp edged after it is cut, and you can't use weed and feed on it to get rid of weeds in the lawn. I hand weed a lot but sometimes the job needs a chemical.

    All these grasses get yellow patches where the dog pees, but they go green after a week or so, eventually the urine breaks down into nitrogen fertilizer. And if I was really super vigilant - and watered in the dog pee, there'd be no acid burn (yellow spot) either.

    I don't think couch or kikuyu (especially the non-flowering sort) cause any rash or allergy for my dog. The buffalo does a bit because it cuts (a bit like paper cuts). The worst for rash is cape weed - yellow daisy - but you wouldn't want that for a lawn - bee nightmares for starters.

    And stuff like Kentucky blue or fescue - does not grow happily in Adelaide climate. Kikuyu doesn't like it too cold. In Canberra I had mainly couch and it went a bit brown in winter but not muddy.

    This is the link for our number 1 supplier of lawn stuff in Adelaide - they have the sterile kikuyu
    Munns Lawn Guide sun shade mowing seasons evergreen drought tolerant germination water

    There is also this website...
    Instant Lawn Varieties | Sir Walter Lawn | RTF Lawn | Legend Couch Grass

    I think in Perth, you'd go fine with couch (of some sort), or kikuyu. And if they get out of control, they're both easily managed with zero/glyphosphate or less easily managed with a bit of hand weeding. Kikuyu has fatter runners than lawn couch so is easier to grab and pull out but grows faster than couch.

    I wouldn't get buffalo cos you can't weed and feed it easily.

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    Thanks guys!! much appreciated

    We are looking at couch as our local "better homes and gardens" sells its ready to roll and go so to speak, but when i posted I wasn't sure of the type they sold and as i said previously the only info i could find was U.S based and not overally relevant..

    Guess I can get stuck in to it tomorrow then YAY the things i get myself into!!

    Again, thanks guys and thank Hyc for really going into detail, i am defiantly not a gardener! ahah

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    If you definitely not a gardener

    get kikuyu... it's the most forgiving though it might be all you have in the garden if you don't get out there once or twice a year with the zero or the lawn edger...

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    Oh no! i wish i had of seen this earlier... Oh well, whats done is done,.. Lets just hope i can keep it going...

    It's only a small patch (5 x 2) that i've done for now so i'll see how it goes, surely i wont killl it ALL *maybe?* ahaha

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    Hi Jodz

    I don't know what the guys that did the house and garden makeover to my place put down as lawn but it's been completely taken over by the much tougher kikuyu with a bit of couch in places. The kikuyu comes as roll out and "spray on" or seed. But if you're not fussy about the spread, you can just get a couple of runners from somewhere, stuff them in a bare patch, water during hot spells or for the first few weeks, and it will take off all by itself...

    Couch likes water hosed on when it's hot, though I find it's better (for your water bill) to cheat slighty and water in the evenings when it's less hot and there's all night for the plant to take up the water without it all instantly evaporating. Be careful watering on sandy soil (I've got pure clay, another story, kikuyu loves both), cos the water just goes down forever and doesn't do much for the plants. So I'm thinking short watering might be better, but your local abc garden show on Saturday or Sunday ams would give you good info on that kind of thing. Or even your local water supplier. I met the guy in charge when he came over here to talk about climate change and drip irrigation installation - getting it done "by the book" is a lot more efficient for the water use than doing it without a good plan and the right systems.

    I leave it to you to work the google - try adding "site:wa.gov.au" after your "lawn irrigation" search criteria (without the quotes though).

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    Again thanks heap hyc!! you've given me heaps of info to work with you and defiantly right, a bit of googling will be my friend as to whats best for the soil (or should i say Sand) we have...

    I've laid the couch for now (with the help of chloe digging it up in parts lol) and will look into whats best for it tomorrow (sleep deprived this weekend!!)

    Hopefully chloe hasn't hurt it too much and the info i find will keep the rest of it going.. Will let you know how i go!!

    thanks!!

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