Pet Urine and Your Lawn

December 11, 2017

 

 

If you're a pet owner, chances are that you've struggled with keeping a nice, green lawn. Have you ever wondered why dog urine causes brown, dead grass? The main culprit is nitrogen, which urine contains quite a bit of. Too much nitrogen concentrated in a small area can burn your grass. It can be a frustration for homeowners who take pride in the appearance of their lawn; especially if you have a dog that habitually urinates in the same location. 

 

There are some things that you can do to try to mitigate the damage, or eliminate the issue altogether. We'll go over a handful, and you can decide what works for you:

 

1. Try to keep your dog from urinating in the same location habitually. Some dogs pick a spot and return to it over and over again. If yours does this, you could try to take him out on a leash and get him on a rotation. This would be an investment of your time, but is an immediately doable solution to try. 

 

2. Water the grass- at least in the area that your dog urinates. The sooner afterwards, the better. Spraying the area down will help to dilute the urine and expand the nitrogen over a larger surface area, to make it less concentrated. 

 

3. Speaking of water, make sure your dog is getting plenty. The more concentrated the urine is, the more problematic it will be for your lawn. 

 

4. One trending solution that many homeowners are turning to is to install a fenced in pet run using artificial grass (a.k.a "turf"). There are many different types of artificial grass styles and colors, as well as many different infill options. An antimicrobial infill, for example, can be a great option for this purpose. The artificial grass is attached to a fully permeable sheet, so any liquids or rain will pass through to the ground below. Artificial grass is always green and never needs to be mowed, so the only maintenance you may want to do is to occasionally spray it down with an enzyme treatment to assist with odor control, though an antimicrobial infill would also help you manage this. Because artificial grass is tough, it can handle multiple pets running and playing as well, so a pet run utilizing artificial grass can spare your lawn digging and gouges caused by paws as well. 

 

 

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