Whether you’ve got a new puppy or a bigger dog, you’ll want to know how to get rid of dog poop in the yard.
Knowing how to clean dog poop from grass, rocks, the garden and pavers/cement surfaces in the backyard and front yard is not only good from an aesthetic perspective, but is good so you don’t step on poop and dirty your shoes, or bring it inside the house or in the car.
Below we’ve listed a number of ways we think are the best ways to clean up dog poop in the yard, and especially the grass.
Let us know how they work for you, and whether there’s anything else you suggest for fellow dog owners.
Let’s jump into it…
How To Pick Up, Clean Up & Get Rid Of Dog Poop In The Yard, & From Grass
What To Do With, & How To Get Rid Of Dog Poop In The Backyard or Front Yard
First thing’s first – what can you do with, and what are your options to get rid of dog poop in the back yard or front yard?
Well, your two main options when it comes to what to do with the poop are:
- Clean it up daily, or
- Wait for it to dry out and pick up the dog poop in both the front and backyard weekly. Waiting for the poop to dry out means pick up is generally less messy and less smelly – which is good if the sight and smell of fresh poop makes you feel like gagging
Personally, we prefer the second approach unless it’s on a main/feature area like a walkway into or out of the house.
What are your options when it comes to picking up the poop? Well you can:
- Pick up the poop with a long handle or short handle pooper scooper or shovel
- Pick up the poop with a dog poop/waste bag – read about the different poop bags here
And lastly, what are your options when getting rid of and disposing of the poop? You can:
- Put it in your trash where it will get sent to landfill. You can also put it in a dog waste trash can if you don’t want to put it in your main bin with general waste. Something like the Behrens Locking Lid Pet Waste Can (on Amazon) would be a good option
- If you have a safe and effective compost bin or compost area for dog poop, you can compost it
- Flush it down the toilet or dispose via a pet waste sewer attachment if you have an approved flushable dog poop bag
- If your council has a pet waste disposal service you can use that
How To Clean Dog Poop From Grass
The best and easiest way we’ve found to deal with dog poop on the grass in the front or backyard is to let it dry out, and do a weekly pick up.
You can then mow the grass every few weeks to keep it looking fresh and clean, and to remove any patches which have been discoloured by the poop.
- Wait until the diarrhea dries and pick it up with a scoop or shovel
- Coagulate/thicken the diarrhea by sprinkling it with dirt, sand or kitty litter – the diarrhea should become more clumpy and should be easier to pick up
- Spray the diarrhea with freeze spray and pick it up (although this has inconsistent and varied results)
- Spray the diarrhea with a hose to separate an move it – spray it off into your nearby garden bed. Wait for the remaining diarrhea to dry and scoop it with a scooper or shovel
Mowing or cutting the grass every 1 to 2 weeks once you’ve attempted to clean up the diarrhea with any of the above methods should leave the grass looking fresh and clean.
How To Clean Up Dog Poop In Rocks
If the dog poop is solid, wait a day or two for it to dry out, and pick it up with a bag or scoop.
Diarrhea on rocks can be all sorts of tricky to clean up – especially when it’s tiny pebble rocks.
If there is dirt underneath the rocks, the best and easiest approach is simply to spray down the rocks with your hose on high pressure, and let the diarrhea sink into the dirt.
If your rocks are sitting on a layer of plastic, remove the unclean rocks, and hose them off on the grass or in the garden until clean.
How To Clean Up Dog Poop In The Garden
Dog poop in the garden you might choose to leave there to decompose naturally as long as it’s not visible and your dogs or kids aren’t going in there playing.
Otherwise, let it dry and pick it up in your weekly pick up.
How To Clean Up Dog Poop On Pavers, Stone Or Cement Walkways
Depending on how urgent it is to pick it up, you might choose to wait a day or two to let it dry, pick it up with a scoop, and scrape off any leftover poop.
If it’s diarrhea or runny poop, put gloves on, clean up as much of the diarrhea as you can with paper towels, and remove any solids. Dispose of immediately.
Wash over the area where the diarrhea was with water and some type of safe/non-toxic disinfectant, or diluted bleach, and then with pure water again.
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