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Dog Urine and Grass

Your Backyard looking something like this?

We feel your pain… Virtually all of us at own a dog or two… Or three! 😉  Dogs Damage Lawns, that’s just part of the deal when you decide to bring one home. While we all love our furry little friends, the bottom line is that we know dog’s love to pee on lawns and it seems like the greener the lawn, the bigger the target!

Dog urine and feces can often be a frustrating problem related to lawn care. Small amounts may produce a green up or fertilizer effect while larger amounts often result in lawn burn or dead patches. While most burn spots will recover with time and re-grow, dead areas can be large enough in some cases to require re-seeding or sodding. For homeowners who are also dog lovers, this can present a dilemma, particularly when one family member prefers the dog and another prefers a well-manicured lawn. An understanding of the interaction between dogs and the lawn can keep the yard (and family) at peace, not in pieces.

The fundamental problem with the presence of dog urine or feces on the lawn is related to the nitrogen content and concentration of these waste products. Urine, when produced as a waste product in animals, primarily removes excess nitrogen from the body via the kidneys. Nitrogen waste products are the result of protein breakdown through normal bodily processes. Carnivores, including cats and dogs, have a significant protein requirement, and urine volume/production varies due to size and metabolism. Dog urine is a more serious problem for lawns because it is applied all at once as a liquid fertilizer, whereas feces slowly releases the waste products over time. Since stools are usually solid, owners have the option of frequent manual removal. With more time for the nitrogen waste to dissolve into the lawn, stools that are frequently removed damage lawns less than urine.

Young dogs of both sexes frequently squat to urinate. Leg lifting is often learned by male dogs around a year of age; castration or neutering does not seen to affect nature’s timetable related to this behavior development. While most male dogs will hike their leg and mark once they are over a year of age, a few will continue to squat when urinating, which is more common in female dogs. Female dogs may also mark although less commonly than male dogs. Once dogs begin urine marking, they often utilize many and numerous scent posts resulting in numerous, small volume urinations rather than large volume puddles. Grass can handle small volume nitrogen bursts easier than fertilizer overload. Unfortunately, the young bush, shrub, vine or tree sprout that becomes a marking post may have nitrogen (fertilizer) overload with repeated marking and may die if continually “marked. knows this problem well and was developed with this in mind. Our propitiatory blend of all natural plant based pigments and non-toxic binders are a PERFECT SOLUTION to this dreaded problem. We have formulated our Grass and Mulch paints with a natural occurring ammonium that not only helps it dry quicker, but also works as a deterrent so that Sparky doesn’t to go back and urinate in that same spot! has you covered so go ahead and let Sparky do his or her business! LawnLift™  covers those spots with a rich natural green color, so visually nobody will ever know that Sparky loves to PEE all over your perfectly manicured masterpiece!

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