Is your dog killing your grass? Is your once lush, green backyard spotted with yellow dead spots? We’ve been struggling with this for the last several years in our backyard. I’ve tried re-seeding but fails each year when I can’t keep the dogs off the new grass.
I always thought that it was female dogs that caused the yellow spots, so I was surprised to learn that the gender of your dog doesn’t make a difference.
Why Your Dogs Urine is Killing the Grass
It’s all about the level of nitrogen in your dogs urine. Basically if your dog’s urine is high in nitrogen, then it kills your grass.
Nitrogen happens to be one of the substances excreted when protein is broken down; the more protein your dog eats, the more nitrogen released. And the more nitrogen, the bigger chance your dog is killing your grass. That’s about all the science I am going to get into.
We have two dogs, our male dog, Bear, weighs in at a whopping 95 lbs., and Ginger is female, weighing only 60 lbs.
At Bear’s large size, he pees a lot in one place! I know it’s gross, but it’s true. I know Bear is the one causing the spots in our backyard because each dog has their favorite spots to pee.
Both our dogs diet is the same and high in protein, based on the fact that Ginger needs to be on a limited ingredient diet, which tends to be high in proteins.
So I’m surprised she doesn’t cause our brown spots. In our case, it’s truly about the amount of Bears urine in one spot killing the grass.
The misconception that female dogs are more likely to cause the yellow spots is because female dogs usually pee in one spot, versus a male dog lifts his leg and sprays a large area, making the concentration less.
How Do You Stop Dog Pee from Killing Your Grass?
- The easiest and safest way to stop your dogs pee from killing the grass… is one ingredient… WATER! After your dog pees, saturate the area with water.
- Encourage your dog to drink more water. Just like people, dogs need water. Have you ever noticed, if you go all day without drinking much, your pee is more yellow? Same goes for your dog… more water, less nitrogen concentrated in his pee.
- You can also train your dog to pee in a specific area of the yard, such as a rocky gravel area.
- Change your dogs diet. Is your dog food too high in protein? Find a high-quality dog food that has the right balance of protein and other nutrients he needs.
- There are products that you add to your dogs food on the market that claim to stop your dog from making yellow spots in your lawn. But to me, I don’t want to add anything to my dogs food just to save my grass! But if you’re interested, you can search Amazon and find something that is natural. I can’t give any recommendations on this, as I have never used any lawn saver supplements.
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Fixing Your Lawn After the Damage is Already Done.
This stuff looks interesting; it’s called See Spot Run Lawn Protectant. You spray it on your lawn to revive and protect your lawn and it’s suppose to be all natural and safe for your dog. I just may have to try this one!
Repairing the spots with seed can be difficult unless you can keep your dogs off that area for the entire season. I’ve tried reseeding for 3 springs and it never held up. This spring we cut out a huge area of our backyard and placed sod we pulled from our front yard when creating a garden space. It’s held up pretty well, but Bear has slowly been creating brown spots all in his favorite pee spots. I need to get out there an start watering his pee spots more. ☺