Is Your Dog’s Waste Killing Your Lawn? Here’s What to Do
Dogs are important members of the family, but they can also be tough on lawns. When your lawn is serving double duty as your dog’s toilet, you may notice patches of brown, dead grass. These damaged areas are commonly referred to as lawn burn. The best way to deal with dog feces is to clean them up immediately or have a pet waste removal service handle it. But since lawn burn is actually caused by a dog’s urine, you’ll need a different tactic to deal with it.
Understanding What Causes Lawn Burn
A dog’s urine is high in nitrogen. Lawns benefit from getting a little nitrogen, which is why it’s an ingredient in lawn fertilizers. But too much nitrogen will kill the grass, resulting in lawn burn. Lawn burn isn’t a problem for all puppy parents. Here are some factors that increase the likelihood of it:
- Female dogs
- Large dogs
- Dogs fed a high-protein diet
- Stressed lawns (drought, disease, or newly established)
- Heavily fertilized lawns
Training Your Dog
One way to minimize lawn burn is to train your dog to eliminate in just one area of the lawn. Choose an out-of-the-way area. When you take your dog outside, put him or her on a leash and walk over to the designated area. Use a command word for elimination and keep your dog in that spot until he or she eliminates. Offer a reward.
Taking Care of Your Lawn
Another solution is to saturate the area with water right away. After your dog urinates, pour several cups of water on the area. You could also consider using less fertilizer on your lawn and watering the whole lawn frequently to keep it healthy. If lawn burn is a persistent problem, you might want to re-seed your lawn with urine-resistant grass. Fescues and perennial rye grass are urine-resistant. Bermuda and Kentucky bluegrass are the most susceptible to lawn burn.
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