Pet Grass

  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Plant Size: 6 to 12 inches tall
  • Culinary Use: For pets to chew

Dogs and cats need a little grass in their diets—that’s why you see them chewing on it. This grass, also called intermediate wheatgrass, gives pets necessary nutrition and also cleanses both their breath and their digestive system. Plant pet grass in containers indoors for pets who rarely get outdoors, or in deck or patio pots for pets who like to lie close to the house. They might chew on it instead of lawn grass, especially if it's been treated with pesticides.

Keep indoor pots in a bright, sunny spot, such as a windowsill; plant 2 pots for indoor pets, one to have indoors while the other rotates outdoors to retain its vigor. Choose containers that will put the grass at the right height for your pet.

Plant Spacing: 9 inches. Plants Per Pet: 1 for outdoor pets; 2 or more for indoor pets; several for decorative arrangements

Secrets to Success »

In spring or fall, plant in containers filled with potting mix. Keep the soil moist, but avoid overwatering, which can cause roots to rot. If the grass yellows or growth declines, fertilize with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food, which is made from soybean oil.

Harvest and Use »

Pets will keep the grass trimmed for you, but you can also trim it yourself by cutting to 3 or 4 inches high. Pet grass also makes a nice plant choice for contemporary-style arrangements. Set several plants in one large container, or plant several small containers each with their own pet grass plant.

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