Here’s a frustrating situation: you invest time and money in your lawn, but then your dog goes and pees on it, leaving unsightly brown patches. This damage happens because dog urine is rich in nitrogen, which can kill grass in concentrated amounts. Don’t worry, though—there are solutions to this vexing issue that can prevent dog urine from ruining your lawn.
Go Easy on the fertilizer
Dog urine is like a nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer: helpful in small amounts, but fatal in larger concentrations. Fertilize your lawn less, or not at all, in areas where your dog tends to do their business.
Spray With Water
After your dog urinates, spray the area with water to dilute the urine and mitigate the effects of the harmful nitrogen.
Top up the Water Bowl
Not only is drinking more water healthy for your pup, it will also make their urine less rich in nitrogen. Make sure your dog has access to a bowl of fresh, clean water at all times.
Designate a Puppy Potty
If you train your dog to only urinate in one corner of your yard, you can reduce the overall damage to your lawn. Alternately, you can walk your dog on a leash when they go outside to prevent them from urinating in flower beds and other sensitive areas.
Pick the Right Type of Grass
Some grass species are more resistant to dog urine than others. Ryegrass and Fescue are the hardiest, whereas Kentucky Bluegrass and Bermuda are the most sensitive to urine damage.
Try a Lawn-Repair Treatment
Ask your lawn care professional about treatments like Dogonit Lawn Repair, which contain organic enzymes that flush salts from the root zone of your grass, thereby promoting healthy growth.
At Brother Tree & Lawn Service, we can work with you to keep your lawn looking its very best this season. Give us a call at (203) 767-2915 or contact us online to learn more about any of the lawn care services we offer today!