Dog urine contains nitrogen that causes brown patches of dead grass on your lawn. A pristine lawn can be your pride and joy and it is great fun for children and dogs to run and play in the garden. However, when your dog is not properly trained, it can take a bathroom leak anywhere it wants to and green grass is a good place as any to do that. If your lawn is already heavily fertilized it means that there is enough nitrogen under the sod and the additional nitrogen from your dog will not be beneficial to the grass. Take a look at the tips below to rid your grass of dog urine spots.
- If your dog has just urinated in a spot, immediately flood the area with a lot of water. Flushing will weaken the concentrated urine and allow the grass to breathe and stay green.
- If your lawn is planted with Kentucky Bluegrass or Bermuda grass which are quite sensitive to dog urine, buy a pet-urine neutralizing spray. The ingredients in this type of product bind with the nitrogen compounds found in dog urine. An example of this is Green-Um ® which has yucca plant extracts beneficial to lawn and pets. You can even use this product on trees and shrubs that have been marked by your dog as their favorite bathroom spots.
- Check your soil hardiness and water conditions and choose the most viable variety of grass that will grow in your area. Perennial ryegrass and fescue are resistant to dog urine.
- Improve the natural drainage system of your lawn by adding gypsum to the soil. This will allow the nitrogen from the dog urine to reach deep down into the soil where it can do less damage. Water the areas that have been affected generously so that the urine will be carried along by the water to remove traces of the urine on the grass.
- Sprinkle the brown spots with a little sugar and water it lightly. This will encourage the earthworms to come and aerate the soil, releasing most of the nitrogen into the air.
- After you have flushed the fresh urine with plenty of water, add compost or topsoil over the spot. This will encourage new grass growth and minimize the burned areas. At times you may have to reseed if the grass is totally dead in spots. Add grass seeds to the compost or topsoil and keep your dog away from these areas by erecting a temporary fence.
- Consider planting clover instead of grass on your lawn. The plant is very resistant to dog urine than grass and will not burn even when subjected to dog urine treatment. Keep it constantly watered to remove urine odor and encourage growth.
- Build a sandbox in your garden specifically for the use of our dog. This will work very much like a cat litter box. Train your puppy to use the sandbox during toilet training by bringing the puppy to the box several times a day and dipping its behind in the sand.
- Erect wire cages around your plants and bushes to prevent your dog from reaching and marking them. This will ensure that your plants will remain healthy even with dogs around.
- Take your dog for long walks everyday and encourage it to do its bathroom routine elsewhere, away from the grass.
Taking the proper precautions to prevent your dog from burning spots on your grass will ensure that your lawn will stay as pristine as you want it to be. Water your lawns regularly and if possible install motion-sensor water sprinklers to discourage your dog from using your grassy lawn as a bathroom.