If you have a dog and you have a lawn, chances are you have experienced a lawn with brown, burnt, or dead patches. These spots are due to – you guessed it – dog urine. No one wants their lawn to look like this. But in order to fix the problem we must first understand it.
Why does lawn burn occur?
Lawn burn is caused by the nitrogen in dog urine. According to Doctors Foster and Smith, because dogs are carnivores they have high levels of protein in their diet. Their bodies break down the protein and excrete it in their urine as nitrogen. Nitrogen in and of itself is not bad for your lawn, some fertilizers contain nitrogen. The nitrogen-rich urine becomes a problem for your lawn when it is put excessively in one area. For example, if your dog continues to pee in the same spot you are likely to get a urine burn on your lawn.
Factors that affect lawn burns:
Don’t think that having a dog means your lawn will be ruined forever. A dog and a healthy lawn can live in perfect harmony. If your lawn is experiencing burns from your pet’s urine, there are things that can help.
There are also products available that can help prevent lawn burn.