The good news is your dog is potty trained. The bad news is your dog’s urine is ruining your yard. Never fear, we’re here to help with 3 Ways to prevent dog pee killing grass.
Many people love their dogs but do not love everything that their dog leaves behind. But let’s stay positive.
First off, congratulations on potty training your dog! Also, congrats on growing nice grass. Nothing feels better than looking out over a well kept yard.
Unfortunately, dog pee is not good for most lawns. Let’s start by understanding how this happens.
Dog urine is not good for the grass. It can kill the grass and leave some unsightly brown spots.
Add to that the fact that many dogs have a spot or two that they like to frequent. They will use the same spot often as they leave their smell behind.
Dog urine contains nitrogen. The nitrogen that is found in the urine as well as the waste products have a similar effect to pouring a nitrogen based fertilizer on the law. Too much nitrogen causes damage to the grass including brown spots and burns.
There are two ways to fix the problem. Either train your dog to pee somewhere else or use the 3 tips below to protect and repair your lawn.
If you don’t want to use chemicals, there are some all natural ways to address the problem.
To help reduce the damage to the grass after the dog urinates saturate the areas of the lawn with water. This will help dilute the nitrogen in the urine and reduce the damage to the ground.
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Urine resistant grass can also be planted in the yard. These urine resistant grasses include perennial rye grass and fescues. When the dog urinates these grass are less likely to turn brown or die.
There are commercial products that can be used to treat the lawn too. Dognit Lawn Rejuvenator is a product that is able to bring life back to the lawn that was damaged due to pet urine. Also check out SeeSpotRun a natural lawn protectant.
Dogs can also be given supplements such as Doctor Fosters and Smith Lawn Guard. This supplement will mind the nitrogen waste in their body to the fecal matter. The nitrogen will then be passed with the feces. This will not harm the dog in any way.
1. If the grass is damaged removed any dirt or damaged grass as well as dead matter in that area. Cover this now bare area with grass seeds and then cover it with organic mulch. Water this area often and keep the dog off of it. Within a couple of weeks the grass will begin to fill in. Try using a specially formulated seed for pets.
2. Reduce the amount of fertilizer you are using to cut down on the nitrogen in the affected areas. You should also water the grass frequently. This will help reduce additional stress on the grass and give it a chance to recover.
3. Encourage your dog to drink more water. This will dilute the urine. Also let the dog out several times a day to urinate. If a dog has a full bladder they will add more urine to the lawn.
These are some ways that you can restore your lawn from the damage due to dog urine. Now you can have the dog you love and a great looking lawn too!