Keep Brown Spots from Dog Urine Off Your Lawn
Having dogs can be extremely hard on a yard. Sure, they love to play — but their urine and feces can leave ugly, brown and yellow dead spots in your yard, especially if they frequent the same areas. Over time, your pet’s waste causes grass to eventually die, and it is extremely hard to grow back to health because the pH balance of the soil has forever changed. If you want to make sure your lawn remains uniformly green and vibrant without having to hinder the bathroom habits of your pet, there are several things you can do.
Build a Dog Run
One of the easiest ways to protect your lawn from ugly brown spots is to build your dog a special space in which to stay: an enclosed dog run. Dog runs can be made with concrete or artificial turf, both of which are resilient against their frequent waste. Those made with artificial turf allow your pet to run and play on a surface much like natural grass. They can lay down in comfort, and can remain in the dog run for several hours if there is a form of shelter inside. You can give your pet the time they need to run, play and exercise without worrying about your lawn.
Another way to avoid unsightly dead areas on your grass is to be vigilant in rinsing any area where your pet chooses to relieve themselves. Some pets may not ever seem to go in the same place twice, while others have favorite areas they use every time they go outside. If they go in a multitude of places, rinsing the area may not be necessary. If they choose to repeatedly go back to the same spots, it’s a good idea to thoroughly water the area every few days in an effort to reduce the levels of acids and salts left behind after urine evaporates. If they are left to build up, they will not only discolor the grass, but eventually kill it and leave behind ugly bare spots.
Walk Your Dogs
Dogs that are kept inside need to be walked on a regular basis. Leashing them up and heading out into the neighborhood will offer more than exercise — it will also prevent them from using the same place in your yard to relieve themselves. Taking your animals on walks away from your property will prevent them from soiling your lawn. Of course, you will always need to make sure to retrieve any droppings they leave behind while you are out on your walk.
You can also choose to head to a local dog park or other outdoor area where you don’t have to worry about where your pet urinates. The only thing you’ll need to keep in mind is that any feces must be picked up and removed. Many animal parks even offer plastic bags and receptacles if you run out, or forgot to bring your own.
Choose Artificial Turf
If you have a small yard and can afford the additional expense, replacing a natural grass lawn with artificial turf can solve your pet potty woes. The total cost of the turf may seem expensive when first considering installation, but when divided up over the lifespan of your new artificial lawn, the cost is reasonable. You will also spend less money on lawn upkeep with no need to mow, trim, or water your grass. Artificial turf requires virtually no maintenance, so you can skip all of the time you spend caring for a natural grass lawn. One of the biggest advantages for those who live in dry areas is there is no need to water the lawn, especially if you live in an area where drought restrictions do not allow it.