Dog Urine Destroying the Lawn

Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass


Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 1)

I can always count on my two bundles of joy – my cuddly and protective Rottweilers – simply adore urinating in the exact spot of my backyard. It doesn’t even matter what time of day it is, it could be noon, evening or early in the morning.  They do the same thing daily, they run it’s down the staircase and they express themselves by splashing plentiful amounts of fresh, dog urine within a four-square-foot location.

Afterwards, I find a huge patch of brown, horrible looking, burned-out grass that’s located at the bottom step of my beautiful deck. As for my well designed landscaped backyard, the huge ugly urine burns are horrendous to look at.

Finally, I came to the realization that nothing was going to change unless I got rid of my dogs (which was not an alternative) or I would have to sit down, make a couple of phone calls or conduct research on how to properly get rid of these unsightly urine spots in my yard.

Why Does Dog Urine Turn Your Grass Brown

It is not a huge unknown fact that dog urine burns grass.  In addition, it also can ruin shrubbery mark in your yard. See what happens is, when a dog eats his meal, the protein within his food is metabolized. Nitrogen is considered the by product of metabolized.

It is your dog’s kidneys are causes the secretion of his body’s unwanted excesses.  This includes byproducts of metabolized foods, for example, nitrogen. In other words, if everything is going okay with your dog’s body functions then extra nitrogen will be flushed out of his little body through the urine.

This is where things get a little haywire…

If you are into landscaping and you’re into horticulture, gardening, etc, you will more than likely know that grass and plants are often used as a fertilizer. If that’s the case, what’s so special about nitrogen within your dog’s urine that causes it to condemn everything green it comes in contact with? The whole secret is found within the solution.

Being that fertilizers have nitrogen in them, a tiny portion can go pretty far. So, if you decide to use a rotary spreader, pouring a pile of fertilizer in a section would be like to a puddle of urine. So, the concentration would actually be enormously high and would exterminate the grass underneath.

There is not much you can do when your grass is dead due to a nitrogen burn.  If you are interested in keeping your yard looking green, you will have to consider replanting the entire section. You will have to start with raking up the grass that’s dead and then plant new seed.

Unfortunately, when you replant dead areas within your yard it is liked to a “band-aid” approach. You will want to get the root of the dog urine problem otherwise you will probably end up with dead grass patches all over your yard.

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Battling Dog Urine Stains On Your Green Grass (Part 2)

The greatest way to fight the effects of a nitrogen burn is to reduce your pet’s urine. Make sure you reduce the urine as soon as it dries up on the grass. When you pour water on the urine right away then this will be sufficient to stop the urine from actually burning the grass.

Most dog owners are unable to follow their dogs with a bowl of water each time your pet needs go, so keeping your grass sufficiently watered may be an easier for many pet owners.

Do you live in a town that has a lot of precipitation during the winter, fall and spring? If so, only have to live with urine burn during the warm, dry summer days. The dilemma of urine burn usually peaks when the warm, dry days when it is almost unfeasible to stop a dog’s urine from dry-up within the yard.

To stop urine burn during the summer you may have to consider the kind of grass that is planted. Remember there are grass types that are more durable to dog urine.

There was a study taken in 1981 by A.W. Allard, D.V.M., it showed that one of the effects of a variety of grass in Colorado demonstrated perennial and fescue to be very challenging to dog urine. Bermuda grass and Kentucky bluegrass was the most sensitive.

On the other hand, the overturn seems to be accurate in a separate area, especially the Southern states, where fescue usually shows urine burn in warm weather while the Bermuda grass is more perceptible to dog urine.

Certainly, if you reside in Nebraska, what works best what does not be the opposite.  Today, we do not have a urine test for pets you can select from. You can test out a variety of grass patches within your yard depending upon where you live.

If this task seems too complicated for you, simply skip this testing of various grass then simply talk to a professional or to someone who has experience in this area. You can begin by contacting your local agriculture extension office.

One of the best alternatives is to contact a good nursery that can tolerate pet urine where you location, including the kind of plants that also tolerate urine burn.

The nurseries that tend to help dog owners who own houses should know a lot about urine friendly plants that work well in their back yard space. For example, include barberry bushes and Chinese holly.

Last but certainly not least, another way that you can find information about preventing urine stains in grass and plants within your landscape, there are a variety of books and even on line articles to give you ideas.

Part 2 content provided by Hank Robertson – for more articles on dogs by Hank, check out little dog clothes & bassett hounds from Animal-World.