Ever see your pet munching on grass in the yard or park, like a grazing cow? Dogs need a little grass in their diets, especially if they do not spend a lot of time outdoors. If you have a dog, growing pet grass, specifically for your dog is a great idea.
This grass is also called intermediate wheatgrass, but it is not the wheat from which bread flour is made – it is originally an Asian pasture grass which was introduced to the US many years ago for pasture and fodder. You can grow intermediate wheatgrass in pots for your indoor pets, or plant it in beds outdoors for animals that spend time outside.
Some animal experts have asserted that pets intuitively eat plants according to their specific medicinal value, that is, as long as they have several plants to choose from. The problem, however, is that we choose our plants for beauty rather than edibility – so when a pet has only household plants or landscaping to choose from, it can lead to something more serious than a bellyache, especially if the plants are toxic or sprayed with chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Given that your dog has the right plants to choose from, he/she will be able to treat itself and you won’t need to worry about potential side effects.
Growing Pet Grass
Some dogs seem to crave their vegetables! Pets actually get nutrition from grazing on intermediate wheatgrass, not to mention the chlorophyll from intermediate wheatgrass is breath cleansing and cleans their digestive system.
To satisfy your pets’ cravings without the danger of parasites or pesticides that might be found in the garden, try growing pet grass in a container for them to enjoy. If your pet lives primarily indoors, plant two containers, one to have indoors while the other goes back out into the sun to regain its vigor. Use a container that is the right height for your pet, so they don’t have to strain to reach the grass.
Growing pet grass is easy. Like other grass, pet grass prefers full sun and well-drained soil. However, for best growth, keep the potting mix evenly moist. Use care when fertilizing. Whether you have a large yard space, a small four-foot by four-foot plot, or a windowsill, you can grow a healing garden for your cat or dog. Most of these plants are simple to grow and inexpensive. If you do plan on growing the herbs indoors, you will need a window that gets bright, indirect sun, or a fluorescent grow light. Keep in mind that even indoor plants are prone to pests. If necessary, spray your plants’ leaves with a water and soap mixture, or a chemical spray that is labeled for use with edible plants. Fertilizers must also be non-toxic and labeled as edible. Growing grass fodder can also be grown with a hydroponic system, but tends to be more on the commercial end of growing or used in drought prone areas.
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