Dogs do it, we all do it! If you have a canine companion you will know that along with the cuddles and strolls in the park comes a responsibility for, well, poo.
This is a tricky topic because most of us want to do the right thing with our dogs doo, but most of us don't know where to begin. So, let's separate myth from fact to discover what is the most environmentally friendly solution to this reality of living with dogs.
MYTH - it’s ok to bury the poo in your garden. This is incorrect as it can actually take one year for feces to disintegrate into the soil and you'll soon find you run out of room for fresh burials.
MYTH - it's ok to put it in your regular bin or green waste bin. Wrong again as dog poo in the general waste in a plastic bag will take as long to break down as the plastic takes and most councils prefer the dog poo not to be in the garden waste bins as it decomposes at a much faster rate than other garden waste and is often on sold for use in all types of other gardens.
FACT - Worm farms are great for normal waste and dog poo is certainly no different. A worm farm is also environmentally friendly, cheap, efficient and a reliable way to dispose of poo and if you have a shaggy dog it can also take care of that extra dog hair.
FACT - Worm farms can dispose of your dog’s poo without the need for chemicals and products.
All you need is a separate worm farm set up for your dog poo, some worms and of course some doggy doo and you are on your way to converting mess into great compost for your garden. We recommend using the compost from your dog poo worm farm on ornamental plants, not edible ones. We've also been told that you should feed your dedicated dog poo worms only the dog poo, no other delicious kitchen scraps allowed or they won't touch the poo (it's a tough life but someone has to do it!)
One other important thing to remember is not to put your dog poo in the farm after you have wormed your pet. Wait for 2 weeks or so after every worming, poo collected during this period can be buried in the garden.
We have successfully used shop-purchased black plastic worm farms to deal with doggy doo doo, although in Summer you must keep them either in a cool garage or well watered with piece of hessian, as worms in black plastic do not survive direct sunlight. More info on these is available on our worm farm page.