Dog's urine ultimately damages your lawn because it is high in nitrogen. Whilst nitrogen is usually a good thing to apply to your lawn, and you may indeed notice your grass get (suspiciously!) green in patches, if not diluted with water it will scorch and burn your lawn.
Dog owners and lawn lovers alike will already know that dog urine and grass do not mix, but that doesn't mean there aren't some things you can do prevent it becoming a permanent problem. In this guide we share 4 steps to protect your grass and help turn your muddy minefield into a luscious pet-proof lawn!
Step One: Sow hard-wearing grass seed
The first preventative measure you can undertake is to sow a hard wearing grass mix. There may be grass seed out there that promotes its ability to be resistant to dog urine, but let us assure you, just as there is no such thing as bird resistant seed, there is definitely no grass that won't suffer slightly over time due to dog urine!
By sowing a hard wearing mix, that can tolerate wear and tear and recover quickly, you give yourself the best opportunity to have the lawn you've always longed for. Perennial ryegrass is particularly fast-growing and hard-wearing and is the main component of our FAMILY: Kids and Pets mix. The fescue content in the mix also gives your lawn a thick and luscious appearance making it the ultimate lawn for tackling dog urine.
Now your grass seed is posed & ready to take on all your pup's pees, it's time to stop it in its tracks!
Step Two: Dilute the damage
When you have a dog, you can be pretty certain that their toilet habits on your lawn are inevitable and unavoidable - but you can help to reduce the damage. Dog urine is mostly made up of nitrogen which is just like our spring / summer fertilisers! Whilst nitrogen helps to make your grass nice and green, it is very strong and needs to be watered in to first be activated and to second - not scorch your lawn. When your dog goes for a widdle on your grass, this nitrogen is often left without being watered and therefore turns your grass yellow, and if wee'd on again, will probably kill it off completely. Keep an eye on your pup when they use the little dogs room, and use a watering can to dilute the affected area. This will lessen the effect the nitrogen has on your lawn, and stop your grass from yellowing.
Step Three: Train to gain
Where peeing on the lawn is concerned, you can definitely teach an old dog new tricks! Teach your dog to use a certain place in the garden as its toilet, it may take a little time will be highly rewarding for you and your pup! You get to keep your lawn green and pristine, and they get their own garden en-suite!
Step Four: Take the hard line
You can of course decide to not let your dog use your lawn as a bathroom at all - and cordon off a paved area in your garden that will be much easier to manage. However, if you know dogs like we do, you know they love nothing more than an inquisitive sniff around a garden and can be pretty fussy about where they choose to do their business!