Is your poor lawn suffering from dry brown patches? Does your dog insist on peeing in the same patch of grass over and over? These things are likely connected.
The common reason for why your dog’s urine is ruining your lawn is that the “acid” in his urine is what kills the grass. However, this is a common misconception. It is actually the high nitrogen content in your dog’s urine that slowly kills your once beautiful green grass.
This nitrogen is the waste that is left after protein in your dog’s food is broken down during digestions. The average dog’s diet is high in protein, so high levels of nitrogen is pretty much inevitable. So, you will have to find ways of mitigating the damage.
Water Your Lawn Right After
The best way to “dilute the pollution” is water your lawn right after your dog uses the bathroom. You don’t have to water the entire lawn each time your dog urinates, but if you have a hose handy, you can just the affected area a quick spritz.
Change the Type of Grass
Certain types of grass tolerate the nitrogen in dog urine better than others. Fescue and perennial ryegrass are known to be most resistant to dog urine. Dog urine diluted by water can actually act as a fertilizer for these types of grass.
Create a Designated Area for Your Dog
Another option is to establish an area in your yard where your dog can exclusively use the restroom without worry about messing up your landscaping. Construct a small graveled, mulched, or artificial turf area, preferably near the back of your yard. Once you have this area made, you can begin training your dog to only use this area for bathroom breaks.
Feel free to use common positive reinforcement behavioral training practices like praise or treats. You can even make his new bathroom area more visually appealing with potted plants and greenery.
Encourage Your Dog to Drink More Water
The more your dog drinks, the less concentrated the nitrogen in his urine will be when he urinates on your lawn. Not only is it incredibly important in keeping your dog from dehydration, this will help avoid grass degradation as well.
You don’t have to make the choice between your dog and your well-maintained lawn. It’s possible to have both! Just follow these tips and you’ll be just fine.