When you get this.....
You get this.....
It's a price you pay when you have a furry loved one in your life.
What can we do??
Let's educate ourselves on why this happens first.
A dogs urine contains urea. Urea is a form of ammonia which converts into nitrates.
You might be saying " I thought nitrogen was good for grass. " Well yes it is.... in small doses.
Concentrated nitrate from a dogs urine burns the grass very bad. Especially the first early pee of the day.
How can you avoid the brown?
There really is no, easy solution. I've read things like adding tomato juice to your dogs diet, and supplements for your dog. I've yet to see those work.
If you want to avoid the brown, you need to water the location of the pee immediatley after. Diluting the urine is a sure fire way to keep the grass green.
I said it wouldn't be easy. I mean c'mon!! Who really wants to water where their dog pees 2 to 3 times a day every single day???
Try setting your sprinkler timers to go off after the first pee of the day. This small action will help immensely. Yes that means every day, even just for 5 minutes on your off watering day. Invest in a good timer. You can have multiple settings. Have another spray down around 7 or 8 in the evening. Even for just 3 minutes. This will keep the urine and nitrates diluted to a point where the brown won't get out of hand.
You can also try and train your dog to pee in certain spots of the backyard. Allocate a small section. Put some plants in that section, dogs love to pee on plants. I suggest something like daylillies! Ha! I really do not like daylillies... sorry for anyone that does. I just see waaay too many everywhere.
Dogs tend to get dehydrated very easy. Dehydration leads to increased nitrates in the urine. Ensure your dog get adequate water every day.
Don't get caught up in female vs male dogs have different urine.. blah! Not true... pee is pee, sorry. They may pee differently but it still pools on the grass the same way.
One other thing I have read... which seems plausible is giving your dog filtered water. I know right!! Filtered water, but hey.. if it works. Dogs tend to drink more water if it's filtered apparently. I know I don't like hose water very much. LOL
If all else fails, just let them pee on the neighbors yard. HA! Just Kidding... or am I?
I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I have been swamped with work. Good thing, just leaves little time.
New Slogan Remember.....
" Green the Grey "