Lawn Care and Dog Urine!
What does lawn care and dog urine have to do with spoiling your dog you ask? Good question - easy answer!
The lawn's the perfect place for having some fun with your dog. It's right there - no need to get
dressed up to go anywhere. And your dog loves getting your one-on-one attention
whether it be a little training time or just some outdoor play. The thing about fun and games
though is that they can be rather
Lawn care will be next on your agenda - forget the hammock!
Finding Harmony Between
So here goes, let's start with the main thing that spoils your landscaping - the dog urine and grass damage.
First of all, if you don't already
have a well-established lawn, you might want to consider planting one that is more resistant to dog urine spots.
Some that fall into this category are fescue and perennial ryegrass, but do some research with your local experts because water and soil conditions in your geographic area may impact the choice.
Some grasses that are best avoided are Bermuda or Kentucky Bluegrass. Studies have shown these grasses to be very sensitive to dog urine damage and result in harsh burning.
If you already have a decent lawn and don't want to change it, then we'll just tackle the problem of the
dog urine spots themselves.
Understanding the Chemistry of Dog Urine
Female dogs tend to cause more damage because they
usually empty their entire bladder in one place and saturate that spot on the lawn, whereas male dogs
tend to "mark" areas of the lawn with a little here and there.
What About The pH Factor?
Though these things would no doubt reduce the uric acid in the urine, they won't do anything to stop
the burn effect caused by the nitrogen.
On the other hand, Green-UM is a product that can really help control lawn burn quickly and naturally. In addition to healthy nutritional ingredients, Green-ums contains an extract from the Yucca plant. This ingredient binds or neutralizes the nitrogen compounds in the urine or feces. Thus, Green-UM can benefit both your pet and your lawn at the same time. Green-UM® can also help prevent burns on plants and shrubs caused by pets using them as their "favorite" leg-raising spots.
Lawn Care Tips - Target the burn!
Another simple approach for handling lawn damage from dog urine is to flood the area with water. Not just a
bit - a lot, otherwise the nitrogen will only go down so far and end up leaving a green ring. I personally like the water
treatment because it has worked for me, but there is a slight drawback. You have to act quickly. For this
method to be effective, it's critical to water the area right after the dog has just deposited his urine on the grass!
Ways to Protect The Lawn From Dog Urine Spots
Adding a second sprinkler of this type to your front landscaping is also a harmless way to startle neighboring dogs away from choosing your place as a "watering hole" and leaving brown patches in the lawn there!
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But wait, there's more we can try...
OK, aside from addressing the urine damage to the grass itself, what can we do about Rover's routine to give the lawn a break and still spend some special time with our best friend?:
For one, take him on more frequent walks to local parks or just around the neighborhood.
Getting some fresh air and extra exercise will do you both some good! Or....
Section off a piece of your property for Rover's "own" use. Plant a couple of trees and perhaps a fire hydrant, placed within a patch of pet safe artificial grass or some gravel. Initially you may want to treat the area with a pheromone spray to attract your pet to the spot and encourage him to eliminate in the same place you've choosen. Ultimately, his own urine will be the "scent-sation" that brings him back there!
Try some of these
suggestions with your own grass challenges. They worked for many and could well lead
you to greener pastures!
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