Nothing your pet does can stop you from loving them. That’s not to say they don’t irritate you at times, particularly when they harm your beautiful lawn. As dogs, it’s in their nature to roam your property confidently. You can teach them not to dig holes in your sod, but you can’t expect them not to urinate on your carefully cultivated grass.
Fortunately, you can have both a happy dog and a green, flourishing yard once you learn how to stop dog urine from killing grass.
Why Does Dog Urine Kill Grass?
For years, people believed that dog urine killing grass was due to its acidic nature. In fact, the real culprit is meat and other proteins. Dogs need to eat a great deal of protein to maintain their health. During the digestive process, the protein is broken down into nitrogen and released through your pet’s urine. The high nitrogen in dog urine burns the grass in the same way that too much fertilizer does.
Some pet owners are more likely to have problems with dog urine killing grass than others. Female dogs are harder on lawns because they urinate in one concentrated spot. Large dogs cause more harm simply because they release large quantities of urine. If your lawn already has problems, dog urine will worsen its condition.
Before you take action, check to make certain those brown spots are urine damage and not fungus problems. If you can pull up the grass in the brown spot easily, dog urine is not the problem.
Remember, you need to protect trees from dog urine as well. Routinely examine the bottom two feet of your trees to check for burned bark and other deformities.
How to Prevent Pet Urine from Killing Grass
You can reduce or stop dog pee from killing grass entirely if you make a few changes in how you handle your lawn and your pet.
- Don’t over-fertilize your lawn. Lawns that already have high levels of nitrogen are more susceptible to dog urine killing grass.
- Avoid Bluegrass, Bermuda grass and other grasses that are sensitive to nitrogen.
- Spray water on the spot after your dog urinates.
- Encourage your dog to drink more water to dilute their urine.
- Train your dog to urinate on the same spot in the garden or on a discrete spot on your lawn.
- Don’t let your dog urinate on trees.
- Consult with your lawn care professionals.
Zodega Lawn Care
The lawn maintenance and landscaping team at Zodega can offer multiple solutions to your unsightly pet issue. You may choose to have your lawn re-sodded with a more urine-resistant grass and your tree trunks protected from dog urine by fencing or other barriers.
Our experts offer a full range of residential and commercial landscaping and lawn care services that keep your property looking lush and well-maintained all year long. They have a unique understanding of the Houston climate that translates into a more beautiful lawn for your business or home.
To receive a free quote, call us at 713-955-5505 or visit our website to fill out our contact form today. Taking action now will prevent pet urine from killing your grass and trees, allowing you to better enjoy your beloved dog’s outdoor time.