dog kills grass

Dog owners would vouch for how much their dogs love the bristles of the soft grass in your house.

Be it your front lawn, backyard, or even garden—dogs will happily scamper around the green blankets of your open spaces.

But as it turns out, their presence on your grassy lawns is not so beneficial at all to your well-maintained lawns.

Most particularly, if you don’t watch where your dog pees in your house, you might be getting some bald patches in your yard soon.

As Veterinarian Dr. Sean McCormack puts it, dog urine has a high concentration level of nitrate in it.

And while nitrate is an important nutrient for plant growth, too much nitrate can become toxic even for plants.

Excess nitrate absorption can turn your grass blades yellow, essentially burning and killing them.

dog urine kills grass

All of these concentrated nitrates from your dog’s pee may sound ill and scary, but luckily for you, there is a way to prevent all of these.

Dr. McCormack recommends pouring a jug’s worth of water over the grass patch where the dog peed.

What you’re doing is diluting the nitrate concentration in your dog’s urine, making it useful again to your grass lawn.

Re-turfing your lawn is another option—replacing the soft grasses with a tougher grass type that doesn’t easily get affected by nitrates.

Some tough grass options that you may want to consider are perennial ryegrass, meadow grass, or tall fescue.

It would also help that your dog is properly potty trained so it doesn’t pee everywhere on your lawn.

And finally, if you are planning to introduce fertilizers to make your grass lawns flourish, suggests using dog-friendly options instead.

“It’s important to make sure that the solutions you are using are dog-friendly and that you follow the instructions on usage carefully to avoid using too much of the product and potentially causing harm to your dog,” the pet food company stated.