One of the best reasons to have a lawn is to give dogs a open space to play in! All homeowners need to be aware of how dog urine and grass interact, though. A dog’s urine is rich in nitrogen and salt, and too much nitrogen in the soil will kill your grass. A healthy amount of nitrogen leaves grass looking green, but an overdose of it will leave grass looking yellow-to-brown. An overdose of salt will be devastating to your lawn, as well. The salt will burn your grass by removing crucial moisture from the soil. Of course, not all yellow or brown spots are the result of dog urine. Check to see if the root system is weak, because you might have a lawn disease on your hands if that’s the case. If the roots are still firm, then you can safely conclude that you have a canine culprit. Now, let’s explore some preventative and repairing strategies involving your furry friends.
Make Your Dog Your Lawn Care Assistant
Your four-legged companion’s urination can be an asset to your lawn care regimen with the right planning. The nitrogen content of dog urine is a match for most fertilizers on the market, so take advantage of that! Take notice of the spots where your dog tends to urinate and apply less fertilizer than usual (or none) to those spots. If a urinated spot hasn’t gone yellow or brown yet, then it will be a richer green. Simply fill in the gaps with your fertilizer to balance your lawn out.You can also train your good boys and girls to urinate only in certain areas for greater organization. Consider utilizing mulch, rocks, or special posts to make crystal clear designated spots. The posts are especially promising, because they spread pheromones that naturally compel your dog to pee. A modern example of one of these “pee-posts” is the Simple Solution Pee Post Outdoor Training Aid, which is shaped like a yard stake. Reward your fluffy buddies whenever they pee in their proper spot, because dogs love making a habit out of anything that earns them positive attention. They’ll be lawn service professionals in their own right!
Doggie Damage Control
Sometimes, it’s too late to prevent the damage, and you’ve got yourself some nasty yellow or brown spots. What do you do then? Well, one option involves replacing the dead zone with new grass. This option works best for large affected areas that are beyond saving. The goal of this option is to plant a type of grass that’s more resistant to a heavy dose of urine, such as tall fescue or ryegrass. Bermuda and Kentucky bluegrass are on the opposite end of the “urine resistance” spectrum, so you’ll want to avoid those. Another option you have is to apply a product that repairs the damage, such as a treatment that contains organic enzymes with soil cleansers. Two good examples of this type of product are Scott’s EZ Seed Dog Spot Repair and Dogonit Lawn Repair Treatment. These products cleanse the soil and help you start over, usually by flushing away the excess salt. Speaking of salt, it’s always a good idea to water an area that was recently urinated on. The water will prevent further damage by diluting the urine and restoring moisture that the salt took away.
Input & Output
If you want a happy ending to the saga of dog urine and grass, then you might have to implement a more internal game plan. For starters, you should make sure that your dog is drinking enough water. It’s not just for the sake of your dog’s health, because you’re also making his/her urination cleaner for your grass. Cleaner urine has lower concentrations of nitrogen, which makes urine management less of a hassle. A less obvious option would be to feed your dog certain dietary supplements that bind with the nitrogen to reduce the damage. Examples of these supplements include Grass Be Green, NaturVet GrassSaver, and Green-um tablets. This type of product usually contains some mixture of vitamins, amino acids, and/or natural extracts that can improve your dog’s general health. Always read the ingredient labels carefully and consult with your veterinarian if you’re unsure about what to buy. You should only choose products that are healthy for your companions.
Dog urine and grass are an inescapable combination for any homeowner with a lawn. All you can do is implement strategies that control the “flow of battle.” I hope that these nuggets of advice help point you in the right direction. Just be vigilant, because it’s not always your pooch’s fault that the grass is dying. Investigate thoroughly and then choose the strategy that will best help you enjoy your lawn with your beloved family member. If you’re ever at a loss for what to do, then contact a local lawn company that’s well-versed in this tricky battle.