This is a topic I am asked about quite often. I’m not a grass expert but these are some things that do help if your yard is suffering from yellow spots created by the dog.
If you’re like many dog owners you may be plagued by unsightly yellow spots in your yard where your dog urinates. Whether you’re a lawn fanatic or you’d simply like to have a nice-looking yard, here are some tips to help you get rid of these urine spots in your lawn.
Your dog’s urine is full of waste compounds but many of them are rich in nitrogen. As you may already know, fertilizers are rich in nitrogen, too. However, when your dog urinates on your grass it is simply too much in one place at one time. Your dog’s urine essentially burns your lawn. Instead of fertilizing the grass, your dog’s urine is overly concentrated.
There are several things you can do to overcome this problem.
If you are already fertilizing your lawn consider how much you’re fertilizing in the area where your dog potties. It may help to cut back on fertilizer in this area slightly to decrease the overall amount of nitrogen in the soil.
Water your grass regularly. If your dog has just urinated then flooding the spot with water will help dilute the urine and its nitrogen concentration. It will be far less likely to burn the grass or cause any damage. The area should continue to grow as normal.
If the spot on your lawn has been in place for a while then you can dig out the area and flush the soil with water to dilute the extra nitrogen. Then reseed the spot or apply new sod.
Since you love your dog and you also want to keep your yard looking nice think about seeding your yard with a grass that is more resistant to urine spots. Fescue and perennial rye grasses are less susceptible to damage from urine than other grasses.
You can also train your dog to use one particular area in your yard in order to keep the rest of your yard looking nice. Use grave or mulch in this area so it’s easy to pick up and keep odor down.
Make sure your dog has access to water at all times. By keeping your dog well-hydrated you will also keep his urine less concentrated and it will do less damage to your lawn.
Many people believe that the urine of female dogs does more damage to lawns than the urine of male dogs. This may be because female dogs urinate in one place while male dogs tend to sprinkle a little everywhere.
Some people also prefer to walk their dogs to allow them to urinate elsewhere. You may wish to consider this if it’s a possibility in your case, although it may not always be convenient.
If you follow these suggestions you should be able to eliminate all or most of the urine spots in your lawn.