How to Prevent Dog Urine from Killing Your Grass

September 14, 2016 | Grass, Lawn Care, Pests, posted by Sasha

Why does dog urine kill grass?

Dog urine from healthy animals is very high in nitrogen, which damages grass in high concentrations. Sure, you might see nitrogen on the ingredient list for your favorite fertilizer, but too much can cause chemical burns on your lawn. Yellow grass spots frequently turn up in your dog’s favorite bathroom spot.

How do you prevent yellow grass from pet urine?

There are lots of products out there that claim to prevent your pet’s urine from killing your grass. Before you start buying food additives or special treats to reduce the damage to your lawn, remember that healthy dog urine and grass are a volatile mix. The only way those additives can help may cause health issues for your dog. A couple of great ways to prevent yellow grass include the following:

  • Frequent rinsing: If you follow your dog out and rinse off the grass immediately after a bathroom break, you can help prevent yellowing.
  • Water down dog food: If you can encourage your pet to drink more water, it will dilute the nitrogen levels in the urine.
  • Choose a designated bathroom spot: Pick a part of the yard that is out of the way and train your pet to only go in that area. It takes time, but if you can successfully train your pet to go in the right spot, you can choose an area that won’t be ruined by frequent urination.
  • Landscape to lower nitrogen: Sometimes, your landscaping can help protect your lawn. Check with a local provider to determine which trees and plants will flourish in your area.

How do you fix already dead grass?

If your dog has already created brown spots on the lawn, you can solve the problem. For the best lawn treatment, call the Grass Outlet to get your lawn lush and green. Pay attention to the best times to plant and keep an eye on your dog to prevent future incidents.