Prevent lawn burn from disrupting your healthy, thriving lawn!
In part one, we began our exploration into lawn burn. Lawn burn occurs when a dog’s urine is too alkaline, high in nitrogen, and concentrated and causes the grass to become patchy and brown, and sometimes die.
Once you can identify that your lawn’s issue is a result of lawn burn, not only is it easy to treat but it’s pretty simple to prevent. At Green Turf Care, expert lawn care may have everything to do with your dog! Continue the conversation of lawn burn with us in today’s post!
How To Prevent Lawn Burn
Feed your dog the right kind of food.
The easiest way to mitigate lawn burn is to ensure your dog is eating an appropriate dog food
that’s not too high in protein — one of the ways this protein can build up is when a dog eats a high-protein diet and is not leading an active lifestyle.
Make sure your dog is hydrated.
One of the ways that urine can be concentrated and cause lawn burn is when your dog is dehydrated. It’s important that your dog stays hydrated — make sure they have a water bowl located in several locations around your house and outdoors. You may also want to consider incorporating wet dog food or adding water to your dog’s food to promote better hydration.
Create a bathroom space just for your dog.
If you can, create a space outdoors that your dog can go to and use every time they’re out. Not only does this alleviate lawn burn but it saves you time and energy when you have to go out and scoop poop — it’s all in one area! No more hunting!
We’ve seen outdoor areas that are gravel, sand, or mulch or a specific type of xeriscaping that can withstand the throes of your dog’s urine. It may also be of benefit to take your dog out for a walk in the early morning because this is when the urine is most concentrated and they benefit from the extra exercise as well.
Choose a dog-friendly grass.
The gold standard in hearty, dog-friendly grasses is tall fescue. Not only is it great for withstanding traffic from pets, but it’s also a pro at handling dog urine. Talk to your local lawn care company about a grass seed blend that pet-approved!
Water your lawn.
Watering your lawn is typically going to be something you already do, but pay special attention to the areas your dog uses, and give those spots extra attention with a rinse from the hose.
What To Do With The Lawn Burn Patches
If your dog ends up leaving lawn burn spots in your yard it’s important to first use the preventative measures we listed above to keep it from spreading and then treat the lawn burn areas to restore your otherwise healthy, thriving lawn.
If you can catch lawn burn in time and keep your dog from urinating in that spot, it should be able to recover on its own. If some of it dies, becomes discolored, or thins out, you’ll likely need to aerate, overseed, and fertilize the area to repair the damage.
Once you’ve tested your dog’s urine for a high pH (anything over 6.5) and you’ve confirmed you have lawn burn, it’s relatively easy to reduce. Check up on your dog’s diet and ensure they’re not getting too much protein in relation to their activity level, keep them well hydrated, create a bathroom area just for them, and water your lawn and the spots they cover to reduce the urine concentration.
To help mend lawn burn, choose hearty grass such as tall fescue and be sure to aerate, fertilize, and overseed the area.