The weather this July is turning out to be a bit different from previous years. One thing that remains the same are the problems you might experience around summer lawn care and your dog. Although you can expect to have some lawn damage if you have pets, lawn dog damage remains a serious problem and a challenge for pet owners.
This is what lawn dog damage looks like:
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Lawn dog damage is most notable on grass that is green or actively growing. Which is more apparent in the spring and summer months.
Urine lawn dog damage is the most common. Both male and female dogs can cause this type of damage. The damage occurs when your dog’s urine is concentrated in a single area. It is like pouring some fertilizer in a single spot on the grass. The nutrients are more than the grass can handle which burns the roots and the grass dies. The primary nutrient responsible for the damage is urea, a form of organic nitrogen.
Here are some ways you can reduce the amount of lawn dog damage:
- Spray water over urine spots several minutes after your dog has gone.
- Choose high quality, highly digestible foods so that more nutrients are absorbed into the body and less material is filtered out.
- Increase your dog’s daily water intake during the summer months.
- Alter your dog’s preferred bathroom location by designating a small corner for urination.
- Over seed damaged areas with with fresh top soil and grasses that are known to be more resistant to high nitrogen levels.
Nitrogen from dog poop is released much more slowly, so the longer you leave it on your lawn, the more likely it will be to negatively impact your grass. Grass underneath is also not exposed to sunlight or air, which can also contribute to dead spots on the lawn.
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