How to repair dog urine patches

How to repair dog urine patches
How to repair dog urine patches
So long as your pet pooch is the love of your life, then burnt grass patches will be the bane of it. Yes, all dog owners and lawn lovers alike will know the familiar yellowing and dead grass associated with where their pet likes to go potty.

Whilst not the end of the world, this can cause unsightly patches throughout your otherwise green grass, and if you really love your lawn (like all of us here do!) then you’ll probably want to find a solution. But what causes the grass to die off, can it be prevented and how can you fix your dog urine patches?

What causes the damage?

Dog urine, particularly that of female dogs, is very high in nitrogen. This high nitrogen content burns your lawn (turning it yellow and dry) in the same way that a fertiliser would - if it is not watered in. One of the most frequent questions we get asked is ‘Do you sell dog urine resistant seed?’ We wish we did, as it would be nothing short of a miraculous grass! But no grass will withstand the impact of this concentration of nitrogen unless it is dealt with at the time.

Can I prevent it?

You may not be able to prevent your dog from using your lawn as a bathroom (if not trained to) but you can lessen the effects of their urine on your lawn by simply watering the spots they have used. If you have watered theses areas enough at the time, you’ll notice in the following days these spots will become very green. If you haven’t, the grass will go yellow and start do die. There are alternative methods you can try, or products such as Dog Rocks that can help to neutralise the nitrogen within your dog’s urine – however, make sure to consult a vet before using these.

How to repair patches

If the patches are very green:

● Use a quick release fertiliser such as our QUICK RELEASE: Spring / Summer on the rest of the lawn (avoiding the already very green patches) to achieve one uniform colour on the lawn

● Apply at a rate of 70g per m2, and ensure to water the fertiliser in until it is dissolved

● Keep pets off the lawn during application and until the granules are dissolved

If the patches are yellow / brown:

 Firstly, mow your lawn as you won't be able to while the new grass is establishing

 Scarify the area to remove as much of the damaged grass as possible, aiming for bare soil 

 Rake the patch so that the soil is fine, loose and level. If it is not level to the rest of the lawn, fill in with top soil and rake to level

 Use our QUICK RELEASE: Pre-Seed to accelerate growth, apply at a rate of 70g per m2 and ensure to water the fertiliser in until it is dissolved

● Keep pets off the lawn during application and until the granules are dissolved

● Once the granules are dissolved, overseed with our FAMILY: Kids and Pets mix for fastest results sowing at a rate of 35g per m2

● Keep the patches moist by watering daily for the first 6 weeks after sowing. Avoid if there is prolonged rainfall. 

●You can mow the patches alongside the rest of the lawn when the blades are hitting 5-7cm and have been established for at least 6 weeks