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Everyone wants a gorgeous green lawn, but pet waste can leave it looking awful. It's essential to maintain your lawn if you are a pet owner, so you are not left with a mixture of unsightly patches of yellow and brown grass. As with everything pet related, it takes a little extra work, but it is possible to have a terrific lawn and a dog at the same time.
Why Does My Green Grass Turn Yellow When My Dog Pees?
This frustrating process is because of the protein in your dog’s food. The protein breaks down in your dog’s belly, which creates nitrogen. Guess what? Most fertilizers also contain nitrogen. This combination of dog pee nitrogen with fertilizer nitrogen is too much for the grass, which produces those unsightly burn marks, or yellow/brown spots on the lawn.
4 Tips For Having a Healthy Lawn and a Family Dog
1. Train Your Dog
To make your life easier, teach your dog to pee and poop in the same area of your lawn every single time. If you lead your dog to the same spot every day for 2-3 weeks, they will learn what is expected of them. Containing the waste to one area will make lawn maintenance so much easier.
2. Give Your Dog Healthy Treats and Food
A healthy diet of high-quality food and healthy treats ensure your dog is getting the proper amount of protein and isn't producing an excessive amount of nitrogen.
3. Clean Up Their Mess
It’s important to flush urine spots with water to reduce damage to your lawn. The water will dilute the urine and wash away nitrogen and salts from the grass that cause discoloration. Feces removal is also important. Feces are less harmful than urine, but removing it maintains the appearance of your lawn.
4. Give Your Lawn Extra TLC When You Have a Dog
When you decide to get a dog, maintaining proper care of your lawn becomes an additional chore. Mow your lawn high to keep the grass tall, so any discolored patches and vigorous growth triggered by dog urine blend in and are less visible. A lawn fertilizer can also promote a healthy green lawn. Don’t allow muddy patches to form from excessive use. In high traffic areas, place mulch or rocks to prevent damaging and messy mud puddles.
Sure we love our lawns, but we love our dogs even more. It may seem like a hassle running after your dog with a hose each time they pee, but you’ll be happy in the long term. Your dog, neighbors, and wallet will thank you!
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