How to Fix Brown Spots in the Lawn From Dog Urine


House training your dog is not always an easy task. Unfortunately, once you have gotten your dog trained to urinate only outside, you may also find that you have a problem with lawn burn. The nitrogen in dog urine is the culprit behind lawn burn. Not all dogs will create those brown spots on your lawn. Those that leave large deposits of urine in one spot are usually the ones that leave the brown spots behind. Moreover, a heavily fertilized or overly stressed lawn is more likely to suffer from lawn burn than a healthy one. There are some steps you can take if you suspect that dog urine is causing a problem with your lawn.

  • Saturate the urine spots with water to dilute the dog urine as soon as your dog has finished there.

  • Treat the urine spots with a lawn product that will neutralize the nitrogen in the dog urine and prevent brown spots from developing. These can be found in any pet supply store or lawn supplies department.

  • Use less fertilizer on the brown spots than you might use on the rest of the lawn. Fertilizer adds more nitrogen to your lawn to help it grow. If an area already is soaked with nitrogen from dog urine, added fertilizer will only cause more damage.

  • Consider replanting lawn areas that have a lot of brown spots with urine resistant types of grasses, such as fescues and perennial ryegrasses. Avoid grasses that are sensitive to urine, including Kentucky bluegrass or Bermuda.

Tips & Warnings

  • Training your dog to urinate in the same spot each time can prevent the accumulation of brown spots all over your lawn. Choose a spot that has low visibility for the best results. If it is the neighborhood dogs that are leaving dog urine on your lawn, try using a motion activated sensor on your lawn sprinklers. When a dog wanders over to your lawn, the sprinklers will start and deter the dog from using your lawn as a restroom.

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