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How Can You Get Rid Of Urine Stains From Grass?

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Do you have nasty brown spots of dead grass marring the beauty of your lawn? The culprit might be your furry canine pal.

Dog urine can take its toll on your green grass. The unsightly lawn burn spots are caused by the high nitrogen content seen in dog urine. Each time the dog urinates on the grass, he or she adds a large dose of nitrogen to the soil. This is equivalent to pouring liquid fertilizer on the yard. When slight quantities of fertilizer could be useful, large quantities of urine can lead to nitrogen burns.

If you use fertilizer for your lawn, the grass is already getting high levels of nitrogen. Add dog urine and you have the ideal situation for lawn burn. While lawn burn is unsightly, it does not indicate that your dog has a health problem. Lawn burn from canine urination is normal.

It has been believed that feminine dogs contribute more to lawn burn than do male dogs. This may be genuine, but it is not due to physical differences. Females squat to urinate, hence saturating more soil area. Males tend to lift their leg and urinate on things to mark their territory. Thus, male dogs are likely to spread their urine all round the yard.

Large breed dogs produce more urine because they drink a great deal more than small breeds. Consequently, they discharge more concentrated nitrogen onto the yard.

It is deemed that pet dogs that eat a high protein diet lead to more lawn burn. The reason for this is that superior levels of protein cause the body to expel more nitrogen. Drugs and food supplements are available that can help in minimizing the level of nitrogen in the urine of the dogs, then again these may cause side effects. Discuss the situation with your dog’s vet.

One of the best things to do to reduce lawn burn is to rinse the urine off of the grass. Keep a hosepipe or bucket of water handy. If you rinse the area in which the dog has passed urine within a couple of hours, the possibilities are good that lawn damage will be prevented as the water dilutes the nitrogen. The diluted nitrogen in fact works as lawn fertilizer.

If you have a large lawn where water is not easily available, try training the dog to pass urine in a particular area where you can do a wash down or put up with the effect of nitrogen burn. Choose a place that is not as noticeable as the middle of your lawn.
Another option is to designate a potty area and use stone or gravel rather than grass. Some folks have successfully used concrete blocks in the place of grass.

If you already have spots of nitrogen burn, you can attempt re-seeding the grass. It is very important to water the area well before and after re-seeding.

The grass killed by nitrogen burns will at times come back on its own once no further urine is added to the soil. This does take some time and there is no assurance that it will work.

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