I have written before about dog urine on grass. I told you I would let you know when I found a product that I can recommend for counteracting the damage dog urine causes to grass. The product is “Grass Revitalize for dog urine” from RemoveUrine.com. It is a microbial product that breaks down the excess nitrogen in the urine. You spray it on the grass and lightly water it in. Two to three applications a year. It helps and strengthens the grass in several ways including effectively dealing with the three reported issues with dog urine.
Neutralize dog urine in or on grass. There are three items experts say you need to deal with when neutralizing dog urine damage on grass. Some say it is the acid in the urine that harms the grass. Some say it is the excess nitrogen in the urine. And I recently read an article explaining it is the salts in the urine. Some of the solutions to correct the problem are to water the exact area soon after the dog urinates. This will dilute the urine and which ever ingredient in the urine that is causing the grass to die will not be concentrated enough to do any damage. This sounds like a good solution but my problem with it is I am not going to follow my dog around waiting for her to do her business so I can then dilute it with enough water to fix the problem. I refuse to do that. Sorry! Another solution is to feed your dog supplements (pills, wafers, treats,) that change the makeup of the urine in your dog so it no longer damages the grass. The supplements come in many forms and some come with a product (paint type product) that you spray on the grass to turn it green. The grass now looks good while the supplements have time to take effect and give the grass the chance to grow back. It is a cover up until the grass grows back. This might also be a good solution but my disagreement with it, is the possible negative health issues to my dog. There is also the solution of re-planting new grass. Sometimes this will be necessary. What I have been looking for and have now found a natural product that you put on the grass that treats the soil and counteracts all three effects of the dog urine on it. I am now working on making it available to you.
I have found products that color or paint the grass. Products to spray on the grass that help it recover from the nitrogen effects of the dog urine. I have found products to feed your dog that supposedly change the PH of the dogs urine to less acidic. There are all types of products to feed your dog to fix this problem of dead grass spots in your lawn. Wafers, Biscuits, pills, liquids that you add to the dogs drinking water and more. I have also found grass seed designed for reseeding those area’s in your lawn. All of these may have their place and do the job. I do not know I have not tried them all. Different solutions work for different people and their own situations. I will tell you what I have been looking for. I am looking for a product that you sprinkle on the lawn (similar to weed and feed) in the areas that the dog urine is killing. This product will then bind the nitrogen and change it so it becomes fertilizer to the lawn and not so concentrated that it burns it. I thought I had found just that product but I could not get the company to respond to my inquiries. I am looking at another lead on this kind of product and I will let you know when I find it.
I don’t believe the PH has much to do with urine killing the grass. I think it is the nitrogen content in the soil from the urine that kills the grass. Especially if you have treated it with a lawn fertilizer that has nitrogen in it already. I have read several reports about it. I have not done my own study on this but the nitrogen makes more sense to me.
There are natural ways to deal with the problem that don’t involve buying anything extra. Watching the dog and each time it urinates on the lawn you can dilute it by adding water to the spot. Three times the amount of water to the amount of urine within eight hours of the urine being deposited is recommended to get resutls. Personally I can’t or won’t do this one. I don’t mind diluting it when I see the dog urinate in the yard but I am not going to watch every time for it. You can change the dogs diet to one that produces less protein waste. This will reduce the nitrogen in the urine. Either a lower protein diet or a food that the dog digests the protein better. Check with your vetrinarian. You can walk the dog regularly so it urinates in a place of your choosing. If it is a neighbors dog causing the problem advise them of the leash laws. Then there is the option of potty training the dog to use a specific area of your yard. An area you have designated for your dog to go. Get your dog to drink more. You can add a little water to your dogs food. This will dilute the nitrogen in the urine. Your dog may need to urinate more often but it will be less damaging. These are all possibilities where you do not have to buy anything more than you are already buying.
There are a number of products available to fix the problem of dog urine killing grass. Two items that are reported to cause the urine to kill grass are the PH of the urine and the nitrogen content in it. Nitrogen is used in fertilizers for grass. It helps the grass green up nicely but too much nitrogen burns and kills it.
There are also several different methods of correcting this problem that don’t involve buying any products. Change the protein in your dog’s diet. Get your dog to drink more water or broth. To do this just add a little broth to your dog’s food.
You can give your dog supplements that are made specifically to correct this issue of dog urine killing grass. I will explore each of these items in more detail and recommend the best products to use to correct this problem in future posts. See grass and dog urine for more information.