Dogs love lawns, but their waste can wreak havoc on the grass. Their urine contains concentrated nitrogen and salts that can damage the grass, especially if you over-fertilize your lawn or don’t supply it with enough water. Dogs’ feces can also add excess nitrogen to the turf, as well as smother and kill your grass.
Greenside Landscaping and other lawn experts in Salt Lake City share five effective ways to prevent your pets’ waste from damaging your beautiful yard:
Train your dog to use a designated spot in the yard
You can train your pet to urinate in a non-turf spot in your yard. An area covered with gravel or mulch is ideal. Remember that consistent training is key to establishing the desired routine or behavior.
Water the affected spot
Water can help dilute dog’s urine and reduce nitrogen damage. Be sure to water the spot as soon as your pet is done.
If the affected areas turn brown, it means salts have already accumulated in the soil. To dilute these salts, your lawn expert in Salt Lake City may advise you to increase the watering amount or frequency. Diluting the salts can help the grass recover, and if the turf is dead, the dilution will allow for effective grass reseeding.
Walk your pet to a park instead of releasing it on the lawn
It helps to walk your dogs to a field or a park rather than releasing them on the turf. This way, you can reduce dog traffic on the lawn and reduce the problem of pet waste on the turf.
Maintain a healthy lawn
You can help your lawn recover from dog spots quickly by following recommended turf maintenance standards. Mow your grass with high mowing heights, control yard weeds, and always follow the correct irrigation and fertilization schedule.
Excluding dogs from the lawn by fencing off the area may be the only sure way to keep animal waste from damaging your turf. Unfortunately, that’s not practical for most dog owners. Give your dog enough drinking water and train the pet to urinate in a designated area in the yard. Also, maintain a healthy turf through appropriate irrigation, fertilization, and mowing to facilitate quick recovery from any damage.