We love our four-legged friends — they’re goofy, playful, and practically part of the family. But those brown spots they can leave all over your lawn? Not so much. Dog urine is a potent substance that can kill your yard. Basically, the high level of nitrogen found in Fido’s urine is burning the heck out of your grass. While some nitrogen is good for your lawn (it’s found in fertilizers), most lawns don’t have the bacterial atmosphere to handle the excess amount found in dog urine.
Try these tips to keep your lawn spot-free and safe from your pup’s frequent bathroom breaks:
Step 1: Train
Does your dog have a habit of soaking the same area in your yard? Train them to urinate in different areas — and even better, somewhere other than the lawn — to ensure certain sections aren’t getting overly soaked day in and day out.
Random fact: Some think a female dog’s urine is more potent than a male’s, but it’s simply the fact that female dogs are more likely to “squat” (allowing for the urine to concentrate in one single area) while male dogs tend to lift their legs in various areas around the yard.
Step 2: Dilute
Fill a bucket of water and have it ready to go when nature calls. Immediately after your dog does their business, neutralize the spot by pouring water over the area. This will dilute the urine and help prevent burning on the grass. Just keep in mind: The larger the dog the bigger the puddle, which means the bigger the bucket you might want to keep nearby.
Step 3: Aerate
When it comes to addressing the damage that’s already been done, some recommend scraping away the top layer of soil underneath the dead grass — but this can be risky to do without professional help. Our lawn care experts recommend an aeration treatment as a safe, worthwhile solution. Aeration can lift the thatch and damaged grass any dog urine has caused, while stimulating root growth and encouraging the penetration of air, water, and nutrients into the soil underneath.
Step 4: Reseed
Dog urine not only kills the existing grass … it keeps new grass from growing. Once you aerate, it’s highly recommended to reseed your lawn. This helps new grass grow back quicker and fuller, and ensures a lush, healthy lawn going forward. Take that, brown patches!
Step 5: Hydrate
By this, we’re talking about your dog. Make sure he or she has regular access to fresh water throughout the day. This will keep your pup from becoming dehydrated, which can cause urine to become more concentrated and potentially more deadly to your lawn. Plus, it’ll keep Fido feeling healthy and happy — which is a win-win for all parties involved. As always, if you’re planning to modify your dog’s diet in any way, be sure to check with the vet first.
To learn more about the services offered at Lawn Pride, take a look here. If you’re still concerned that your pup’s habits are ruining your lawn, give us a call toll free at 877-963-3200 and we’d be happy to talk through further strategies.