Stop Dog Urine from Killing Your Lawn

Noticing dry or burned patches of grass in your lawn or garden? Your dog might be the culprit. If you didn’t know, fresh, green grass and dog urine are arch enemies!

Though many people believe it is the “acid” in your dog’s urine that is ruining your lawn, it’s actually a common misconception. The reality is that dog urine contains high concentrations of nitrogen, due canine’s high protein filled diets. But all is not lost for your lawn, here are some ways to mitigate the damage.

Dilution of the Pollution

A simple way to prevent excessive damage to your lawn is to dilute the urine with water. We’re not saying you have to overwater your lawn, just give the affected spot a quick dousing after your dog uses the bathroom.

Make Sure Your Dog Drink Plenty of Water

Instead of diluting the nitrogenous urine (or in addition to), why not take preventative measures by making sure your dog is always well-hydrated. If your dog drink plenty of water, the nitrogen in his urine will be less concentrated, meaning your lawn is less likely to suffer. Not only that, it’s important for our pets to stay well hydrated, especially in this Florida climate!

Change Your Grass

A more elaborate measure, but worth it in the long run, you can replace the grass in your yard with a more tolerate type of grass. Some type of grass handle nitrogen better than others. Fescue and perennial ryegrass are some of the more resistant types to dog urine. In fact, dog urine that has been diluted by water can actually fertilize these types of grass.

Make a Special Bathroom Area

A common option is to designate an area in your yard solely for your dog to use as a bathroom. You can use gravel, mulch, or artificial turf to create a special area (preferably in the back or side of your yard) and give your dog exclusive rights to use as he pleases without affecting the rest of your lawn.

When you’ve constructed his area, start training him through positive behavioral training practices so he learns where to go. Feel free to beautify the area with potted ferns and other greenery (also good for privacy!).

It’s best to be proactive because once your lawn shows signs of degradation, it’ll take some serious TLC to get it back up to par again.