Lawn Dog Spots From Urine

Oh no, you've got urine dog spots on your nice, lush, green lawn! Dogs don't seem to notice where they're doing their "business" when nature calls. They just answer the call!

The Remedy For Dog Urine Lawn Spots

Unfortunately, they leave brown spots on the lawn as a marker of their duty done.

These dog urine spots cause too much concentrated nitrogen to be left in one spot.

It's similar to spilling a bag of fertilizer on one area of the yard. When that happens, the best remedy is to flush the spot heavily with water after removing as much of the fertilizer.

So too, with dog spots. Turn on the garden hose and flush the dog urine spots well if the "deed" has just happened.

Organic Lawn Care Guide family dog Jesse

Our family dog Jesse, who passed in 2012

This works equally well within a few days of the dog urinating, helping to ward off damage to the lawn.

If the grass is already brown however, the dog urine spots have likely killed the roots of the grass that small area. In such a case, the only thing to do is to repair the grass.

Replace Damaged Dog Urine Lawn Spots

You can replace it by taking a plug from the edge of your garden or some less noticeable place in your yard. Measure the damaged area and remove that portion only. Take it to the area where you're harvesting the plug from, lay it on the new grass and cut it to the proper size. Place the plug into the original damaged urine spots, and tamp down firmly with your foot.

Lawn Overseeding Repairs

Another option is to thoroughly rake out the dead grass, being sure to loosen up some of the soil. Sprinkle on a good covering of quality grass seed and gently rake it into the soil to cover the seed. Keep it consistently watered until new growth appears, and then water as necessary. You'll be on your way to a rejuvenated lawn, that's free of dog spots.

Having A Dog Means You'll Likely Have Dog Urine Spots

If you have a dog and a lawn, you're going to have dog spots. Dog owners, knowing how urine spots affect the grass, simply watch, water and replace as needed.

Tips About Dog Urine Spots

  • Female dog urine is not more potent than the urine of male dogs, as many think. However, it does cause more trouble, because females tend to urinate in one spot all at once.

  • Gypsum, which is really calcium sulfate, can correct certain levels of pH imbalances. Remember, dog urine leaves an over-concentration of nitrogen, and is not a pH issue. Gypsum is not going to help regrow the grass or make it come back green. It's not the best remedy for urine spots on the lawn.

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