Cringing at the thought of letting your dog pee in your yard? Is dog pee ruining your lawn? Your furry family member can cause considerable amount of damage to your lawn. Pet urine and feces have high concentrations of nitrogen. This is what causes damage to you thick green grass. Dogs need outside activity and fresh air. So what should you do?
There are only a few things that you can do to prevent or minimize dog pee from ruining your lawn.
- Immediately hose down the spot where your dog has just relieved himself. – Effective but very hard to do.
- Take your dog for a walk to relieve himself before you let him play in your yard. – This will help mitigate brown urine spots.
- Select an area in your lawn for your pet to use. – Ideally a place with river rock or landscape gravel. Train your dog to use that spot and only that spot.
Option #3 is probably the most effective option. With a little bit of effort this can be easily accomplished.
Repairing dog damage in your lawn is tedious and time consuming.
- Use a shovel to dig out the damaged soil – (remove at least 2″ of dirt with the turf).
- Fill areas with soil.
- Reseed. – Use a quality seed mixture. Do not buy annual seed or weed and seed. Call Brookside Lawn Service & we will drop seed off at your house!
- Cover repaired areas with straw.
- Keep the newly planted grass area moist. – Water it daily.
- After 3 weeks you should water less frequent.
- It is common for some weeds to appear in newly planted grass. – Be patient & remove them after the turf has matured.