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Which Type of Grass Is Good for Dogs and Around Pools?

Few things complement a home better than being framed by a velvety, soft, deep green lawn. However, pets, pools, and other outdoor spaces are often hard to keep clean and green. Here’s what you need to know about which kind of grass to plant in these places.

Dog-Friendly Lawn Grass Options

Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky Bluegrass is a highly durable cool-season grass that stands up well to active dogs. Temporary damage caused by roughhousing and playing also heals quite quickly. Kentucky Bluegrass is a unique, blue-green color and grows well in most climates.


Low-growing and tough, Zoysia is a good option for those with dogs that love to run and play outdoors. It may take a little longer than other types to get established, but once it is, it’ll provide the kind of tough surface that those with active pets appreciate. As a bonus, Zoysia grass is drought-resistant.


Fescue is often the preferred lawn grass of homeowners with large dogs. Because of its highly absorbent nature, Fescue does a superior job of handling the elimination needs of large dogs, which also makes it an excellent choice for households with multiple dogs.

Pool-Friendly Lawn Grass Options

Chlorine and other chemicals make it tricky to choose lawn grass for areas near pools. While it’s unrealistic to expect any type of lawn grass to thrive right up to the water’s edge, some varieties do better than others.


The same properties that make Zoysia a good grass for households with dogs make it desirable for use near an outdoor pool. It grows slowly, is short, and handles high traffic well.

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is a fairly resilient grass variety that also stands up to high foot traffic.

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