Brown spots in your yard? They can be caused by your dog’s urine. A dog’s urine is composed of ammonia, sodium and nitrogen, which are strong enough to kill the grass in your lawn (hence, the brown spots). Good thing is that there are many ways that you can address this unsightly problem; read on for some of the most effective ways to treat brown spots in your yard caused by your dog’s urine:
- Give your dog more water to drink. This is to address the problem at its roots. By giving your dog more water, you will help dilute his urine and make it less acidic. Another way is by giving your dog a brand of pet food that has low nitrogen and low-protein contents; again, this will help make your dog’s urine less acidic.
- Lower the nitrogen levels in your dog’s urine. Apart from giving him lots of water to drink, you could also add in a tablespoon of apple juice or apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water in order to reduce his urine’s nitrogen levels. You could also try out products such as DogRocks, NaturVet Grass Saver Wafers and Nutri-vet Green Grass Supplement. These products should be added to your dog’s drinks and they will help speed up his metabolism and lower his urine nitrate levels.
- Give your dog a specific spot to urinate in. Train your dog to urinate in one specific spot, away from your lawn. Set a post in the garden and take your dog to it every time he has to go. Give him treats and praises whenever he relieves himself in the appointed area.
- Know what to do when you catch your dog urinating in your lawn. If you do catch your dog in the act, don’t fret: there’s still something you can do. Fill a watering can with water, wait for 30 seconds after your dog has urinated and then pour water over the spot. This will help dilute your dog’s acidic urine and stop the brown spot from developing.
- Use urine-resistant grasses. It could be a good investment on your part to replace the grass in your lawn with urine-resistant types. Some examples of hardy, urine-resistant grasses are fescues and perennial ryegrasses (grass you could avoid include Bermuda and Kentucky bluegrass, because they are quite sensitive and more susceptible to forming brown spots).
- Keep your dogs out of your lawn. You could install motion-activated lawn sprinklers which will discourage your dog (or your neighbor’s dogs) from going to your lawn.
- Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn. If your lawn is heavily fertilized, it’s already receiving much of its required nitrogen content. Once your dog urinates even once on your lawn and if it already has too-high nitrogen, then the chances that it will develop brown spots are higher. That’s why you have to be careful about feeding your lawn just the right amount of nitrogen it needs.
There are actually many causes of brown spots in yards, such as drought, disease or pollution. If you find that your dog is the one who causes the unsightly brown spots in your yard, it’s good to know that this problem is relatively easier to address. Train your dog to urinate in proper places, and this should be one of the most effective steps for reducing the incidence of brown spots in your lawn. Good luck, and hope this helped!