How to stop dog pee from killing your grass: Avoid unsightly patches of dead lawn

We might not be able to live without our pet pooches, but our dogs certainly aren’t a welcome guest for the everyday gardener. Allowing your dog to urinate on your lawn not only results in dry, patchy grass, but it can also cause long-lasting damage by completely killing your lawn. Here Carlos Real, Lawn Care Expert and Managing Director of TotalLawn, shares his top tips on how to prevent your dog from ruining your luscious lawn.

How to stop dog pee killing your grass

Give your lawn the best start

To give your lawn the best start against your pets, you want to make sure it’s in the best condition it can possibly be.

One way of ensuring your lawn is at its optimum level of health is to feed it with a fertiliser that contains a high level of seaweed. This helps with turf recoverability and overall stress tolerance.

Keep your dog hydrated!

Making sure your dog gets plenty of water is not only going to keep them healthy and hydrated but it’s also going to protect your lawn too. The damaging element of your dog’s urine is how acidic it is – if left on your lawn it can and will kill the grass plant.

By keeping your dog hydrated, their urine will become diluted and so it’s much less likely to damage, or even burn, your grass.

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Give dogs a designated area

Teaching a dog to go to the toilet in a specific area is very similar to house training a puppy – training and repetition is key!

You should create a designated area for your dog to go to the toilet and encourage your dog to go into that area, and once they have, be sure to praise them. Remember to remove any faeces outside of this area to avoid confusion.

It might take some time, but if your dog can stick to an area of the grass, it will be more beneficial to the rest of your lawn further down the line.

Dilute it

If you catch your dog peeing on your lawn, the best way to prevent it from becoming damaged is to immediately water the area down with your watering can.

This will dilute the nitrogen in your dog’s urine, limiting the amount of nitrogen going into the soil and therefore reducing the overall damage.

Apply a mix of pre-seed fertiliser, new grass seed and topsoil to the area – keeping it moist for a couple of weeks until the new shoots start to come through.

If you can, you should also consider using a hardwearing seed as it will help with recoverability and stress tolerance, giving your lawn the extra protection it needs.

Households with pets won’t have an immaculate lawn – after all your lawn is their loo!

By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to reduce patchiness on your lawn, so you can have the best of both worlds.

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