Raise your hand if you love your dog but hate the brown spots on your lawn. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Why is my grass dead?” and “What can I do about it?” then this post is for you. We’ve consulted with experts in both human and canine health to research how to prevent urine from killing grass, how to treat dead spots, and what products are available (for both dogs and humans) that will help keep things green. By the end of this post, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle any problems that arise when nature calls. So keep reading!
Dog urine can kill your grass, creating brown spots that are unsightly and difficult to fix.
Grass is susceptible to many problems, but one of the most common is damage caused by dog urine. If you’re not familiar with this issue, it can be quite shocking when you see your grass turn brown and die after your dog urinates on it.
Dog urine contains nitrogen. This element is found in fertilizer and helps plants grow by providing them with nutrients that they need to thrive. However, when dogs urinate on grass or lawns (or any other type of plant), the nitrogen contained in their waste causes the plants to absorb more than they need for growth—so much so that it actually kills them!
Identify the problem areas.
- Identify the problem areas.
- Start by looking for brown spots in your grass. These are likely to be near where your dog has been allowed to go, which may include any area of the yard or even a patch of concrete, depending on where they prefer to relieve themselves. If you find these spots and they are small, there is a good chance that they will grow out of sight over time, but if they’re large or have been present for a long time (more than three weeks), you’ll need to do something more permanent.
The burn will spread until it touches another patch of grass.
The burn will spread until it touches another patch of grass. This can be prevented by laying down a layer of mulch around your lawn, which helps to stop the burn and also keeps weeds from growing.
Another option is putting down a small strip of sand or gravel in front of each individual spot where you want to prevent urine from damaging your grass. The sand or gravel will help absorb some of the moisture that would otherwise cause damage to your lawn, but it’s not as effective as mulch because it doesn’t provide any protection beyond that spot where you place it.
Take action by inhibiting nitrogen in the urine.
The main ingredient in dog urine that causes grass damage is nitrogen. But there are ways to inhibit this damage, including adding baking soda to your dog’s water bowl and using it as a deodorizer for your pup’s fur.
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria that causes bad smells. It also removes stains from clothing, so it’s no surprise that it can help clean up stains on your dog after they go outside!
You can buy a product that you simply add to your dog’s water bowl or you can make your own mixture.
If you have a dog that likes to pee on your grass, there are some things you can do. You can buy a product that you simply add to your dog’s water bowl or you can make your own mixture.
For this solution, you will need:
- 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (or higher)
- 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
If you prefer to make your own, you can combine 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap.
If you prefer to make your own, combine 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap.
In order to effectively clean the yard and kill any remaining bacteria, allow this mixture to sit on the grass for 24 hours before cleaning. When you’re ready, scrub off as much of the urine as possible with a scrub brush or mild detergent and rinse with water until no more bubbles form when poured onto affected areas.
Repeat every 3-4 weeks until you get rid of all traces of dog urine from your yard.
Use a simple solution to keep your yard green and healthy.
- Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the mix.
- Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap.
- Add 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and mix well.
- Pour into a spray bottle and apply to affected areas. Water in well, so that the mixture reaches down into the soil where it’s needed most (about 2 inches deep).
Dog urine can be a problem for your yard, but it’s one that you can fix with the right approach. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, either, because there are some effective home-made solutions that you can use.