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 "stimulating" and this leads guessed urine!

You love your lawn. It's a dreamy place to kick back in your hammock on a summer's day, spot those pesky brown patches in the lawn. You need some solutions to bring back the green ...f-a-s-t!

lawnmower on the lawn

Dog urine lawn damage will be next on your agenda - forget the hammock!

What to do?

Finding Harmony Between
Lawn Care And Your Dog's Urine!

I know you're gonna give it your best shot, because your dog enjoys the lawn as much as you do. Hopefully one of the several solutions I'm going to suggest will at least make a doggone improvement!

Some of these solutions are focused on dealing with the lawn care while others are related to adapting Rover's routine.

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

chemistry beaker and test tubes

From your basic chemistry, many of you most probably know that the lawn damage is a result of the nitrogen content of the dog's urine. The burn reaction is similar to when you over-fertilize your lawn.

Speaking of which, be sure you're not fertilizing too often. If you are, this could add more nitrogen that the lawn can handle in addition to the dog pee, with the result that it will be even harder to repair!

Do Males Or Females Cause The Most Lawn Damage from Their Urine?

Who's to blame, Max or Molly?

Aside from the possibility of too much lawn fertilizer, female dogs - sorry Molly - tend to cause more damage because they generally empty their entire bladder in one place. That means a heavy saturation of nitrogen in that particular spot on the lawn. Whereas, male dogs tend to "mark" areas of the lawn with a little here and there.

You've probably seen the results of heavy nitrogen deposits in your own neighborhood where "innocent" dog owners have let their female furbabies go in the same place every day! Much to the dismay of the homeowner.

So on with the story...

What About The pH Factor Of The Urine?

To begin with, don't believe those stories about the urine's pH factor being the culprit behind the burnt grass. Lawn experts agree that the pH level of a dog's urine is not the cause of the lawn damage.

So, remedies aimed at neutralizing the acid by applying baking soda or lime to the burned area, wouldn't be of help.

Likewise, remedies to reduce the pH of your dog's urine internally, is also off-target for the same reason.

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.

Tip: Balance The Nitrogen - Help In a Jar!

On the other hand, Zesty Paws Stay Green Bites are chewables for your dog that are targeted at lawn protection. They have a special formula that can really help control lawn burn quickly and naturally.

These tasty chews, include Cran-Max, a blend of DL-Methionine, Digestive Enzymes, Yucca Extract, Apple Cider Vinegar and more. These ingredients provide support to the GI and urinary tract and are designed to promote balanced nitrogen levels.

Thus, giving your dog the Stay Green Bites is a great way to benefit both your pet, your lawn and your shrubs at the same time.

Lawn Care And Dog Urine Fix - Target the burn!

To further address the nitrogen-overload problem, here are some other remedies you can try:

Improve the drainage of the damaged area so that the nitrogen can be carried down below the roots of the grass.

  • Applying readily available Gypsum, is one way to do this that has the added benefit of improving soil quality.
  • Alternatively, you can sprinkle brown sugar on the affected areas and water lightly. The sugar will attract worms which in turn will aerate the soil - leading to better drainage.
  • Another simple approach for handling lawn damage from the 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. You've probably seen the green rings in evidence yourself. Now you know the reason.

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 Molly or Max have just deposited their urine on the grass!

Protect The Lawn From Future Dog Urine Damage

After you have repaired your lawn and want to prevent future damage, try keeping your dog away from certain areas of the lawn. You can do this by using a motion activated sprinkler.

This clever device, gives off a short spray of water when approached and can be very helpful in training your dog where you don't want him to go for his/her potty trips.

Adding a second sprinkler of this type to your front landscaping is also a harmless way to startle neighboring dogs, keeping them from choosing your place as a "watering hole" and leaving brown and yellow patches in the lawn there!

dog running away from motion activated garden sprinkler

But wait, there's more we can try...

OK, aside from addressing the dog urine damage to the grass itself, what can we do about Molly's or Max's routine to give the lawn a break and still spend some special time with our best friends?

For one, take them 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 your pets' "own" use. Plant a couple of trees and perhaps a fire hydrant garden statue, 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 pets to the spot and encourage them to eliminate in the same place you've chosen. Ultimately, their own urine will be the "scent-sation" that brings them back there!

For the first few times, you'll want to take him on a leash to the place you set up, but after that, his own urine odor should do the work. Of course it can't hurt to give him a lot of praise for going where you want him to go, too!

Here a couple of starter ideas for your dog's special space.

side yard with fenced off pathway
lawn with one area fenced off

Best Products For Dog Urine Damage

Dietary Help For Your Dog And The Lawn

Lastly, keep your dog on a well-balanced premium dog food diet.  This will help to maintain your dog's chemistry at a "normal" rather than "high" nitrogen level. Remember, Nitrogen is at the heart of Lawn Care and Urine damage solutions.

Try some of these suggestions with your own grass challenges. They worked for many and could well lead you to greener pastures!

Now you can get back to your hammock!😊

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