DOGS can ruin your garden lawn by digging and ripping it to shreds – but most damage comes from their urine.
An expert has revealed how you can prevent your pooch’s pee from destroying your grass and creating yellow patches this summer.
Dog urine is rich in nitrogen, which is known to kill grass when concentrated amounts collect on the ground over time.
While nitrogen is beneficial for your grass – it is the main ingredient in most common fertilizers – too much of a good thing can be bad for your lawn.
The level of nitrogen found in your dog’s urine can depend on a few different factors, including breed, gender and what it eats on a day-to-day basis.
Larger breeds will often pee more, thus causing more damage.
Female dogs tend to cause more damage than male dogs, this has to do with the way in which they urinate.
It’s simply because when they squat, the urine collects in one area, while male dogs spray all over.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, as the experts at tails.com have shared their top tips to help prevent dog urine from destroying your grass…
1. Dilute the nitrogen with water
When nitrogen is diluted it can act as a form of fertiliser for your grass, but in your dog’s urine, it’s too concentrated and can have an adverse effect.
After your dog has urinated, for water on the area, this will help to dilute the nitrogen within the urine and lessen the damage caused to the lawn by preventing the grass and soil from soaking up too much nitrogen.
2. Create a designated toilet area
To minimize the damage caused by dog urine, try encouraging your dog to urinate in the same place each time.
Put your dog on its lead, take them to a specific part of your garden and encourage them to do their business there – this can be an area with stones or compost that won’t be destroyed with urine.
You can establish the cue by rewarding your dog with a treat right after they have urinated in the designated area.
3. Encourage your dog to drink more water
It’s important that you encourage your dog to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
It goes without saying that ensuring your dog is hydrated is the best way to keep them healthy.
By consuming more water, your dog’s urine will dilute meaning there is less chance of your grass suffering from nitrogen burn and discolouration.
4. Find a resistant grass
If you want to keep your grass looking fresh for spring and summer then there are plenty of different types of grass available that are less sensitive to dog urine.
You’ll need grass that is very absorbent, easy to grow and durable.
Changing your grass alone will not prevent the long-term damage caused by dog urine.
FABULOUS BINGO: Get a £20 bonus & 30 free spins when you spend £10 today
It will still burn and cause discolouration, but the grass will take longer to show the damage and it will be stronger at recovering.
Another alternative is to switch to artificial grass, it feels and looks almost identical to real grass and doesn’t get damaged by dog urination.
It’s also beneficial to your dog’s health as the season changes, as it doesn’t attract the fleas, mites and ticks as that natural grass will.
5. Apply a lawn repair treatment
Using a lawn repair treatment will help to flush out the nitrogen and salts from the grass and stimulate root growth.
Fertilizers will often contain enzymes and acids that will help to prevent lawn burns caused by urine, but some can cause an upset stomach if consumed by our pets.
After you have treated your lawn, be sure to water the product off the grass and leaves after the application.