Dogs are one of the many special things that make a house more homely. Loyal and friendly in nature, how can anyone forget that they’re man’s best friend? These furry friends, however, can often leave a trail of their toilet trips where it’s least welcomed.
Dog owners think they’ve finally hit the jackpot when their pups mature and are potty trained to take themselves outdoors whenever they need to relieve themselves. This joy is often short-lived once they realise what is causing the emergence of unattractive yellow and brown patches to appear around what would otherwise be a perfect lawn.
Did someone say lawn burn? Yes, lawn burn is a widespread problem for a lot of dog owners.
Understanding the Problem
Lawn burn is a consequence of dog’s urine damaging the grass, leaving patches that are dead across the garden. Not to worry, there’s nothing particularly harmful about your dog’s urine. It’s not acidic as some misconceptions would have you believe. The problem is actually the nitrogen present in the urine.
Some of you might be wondering how nitrogen comes to be present in dog’s urine? This occurs through the digestion of high amounts of protein often consumed by carnivores such as dogs, who require it for a healthy and nutritious diet. The protein is broken down through natural biological and digestive process to form nitrogen, which is then disposed of from the body through waste in faeces and urine.
The funny thing is, if any of you know a thing or two about gardening, you’d know that nitrogen is, in fact, beneficial for plants and grass. If you read the label of many plant fertilisers, you should find they contain nitrogen of some form. This leaves the question as to why on earth does the nitrogen in dog urine kill off grass? While nitrogen is good for lawns, in theory, dog urine tends to have a concentration that is too high for your lawn to cope with, causing it to die off or at the very least be damaged. So rather, the real problem lies in the level of nitrogen concentration dog urine contains.
Factors that Make Lawn Burn Worst
This isn’t the only problem with dog urine, there are many factors about the nature of dogs that only add to the overall problem…
Dog Size Matters
The size of your dog could affect how much of an issue lawn burn actually is, those of you with larger dogs such as a Great Dane for example, can expect to have worst burns covering a larger area because of course, your dogs can deposit larger amounts of urine in comparison to let’s say, a Yorkshire Terrier. That’s not to say that small dogs don’t have an effect of course, they will cause the lawn to burn nonetheless. Big or small dog, the problem is still there.
The Female Dog Myth
A common rumour that people often believe is that female dogs are the ultimate culprits. In reality, it doesn’t matter what gender your dog is, both male and female dogs will cause the lawn to burn. What is true and should be a consideration, however, is the differences in the way male and female dogs urinate. As we all know, male dogs tend to lift their leg up and aim towards area/object when they pee. When they do this on grass, the urine is more likely to stay closer to the surface of the grass. Female dogs, on the other hand, pee in a squatting position. Meaning that the urine will penetrate deeper into the grass and cause more severe damage/burns compared to the way a male dog urinates.
Pick a Spot, Any Spot
Depending on how you see it, some dog owners lucky enough or maybe unlucky enough to have a canine that always goes to the toilet in the same spot of the garden. The good news, if this is the case, is that knowing or being able to predict where the dog is going to pee makes treating and managing that area so much easier. The bad news is that when dog urine is constantly coming into contact with the same area, it damages the grass to a greater extent. At this point, it might feel like there’s no way to win because when you think about it if your dog didn’t urinate in one spot, you would end up with lawn burn all over the garden. And regardless of whatever preference you may have, this decision will ultimately always be up to the dog.
When it comes to lawn burn, two particular types of grass are sensitive to damage and ironically, these two are the most popular grass forms for people to have in their garden. Bermudagrass and Bluegrass are known to be a lot more sensitive to nitrogen than other types. The exact reason for this is not widely known. Our guess is that the short length characteristics of these two types of grass contribute to allowing more dog urine to access more surface area and consequently cause damage. This is definitely something to be cautious of, although no type of grass is immune to the damage.
Common Remedies and Why They Don’t Work
Baking soda seems to be the go-to solution for everything. Need to whiten your teeth? “use baking soda”, got heartburn? “use baking soda”, want to get rid of pet odour? “use baking – Actually, we know a number of reasons why baking soda isn’t the best pet odour eliminator but that’s a whole other topic. The point is, it would be surprising to us if people still used baking soda for its intended purpose, you know, for baking!?
The fact people attempt to use baking soda as a solution for dog urine lawn burn, seems like a reach to us. It’s supposedly meant to prevent grass from turning yellow. However, as we established before lawns turn yellow as a consequence of the nitrogen concentration in dog’s urine. Nitrogen can’t be neutralised by baking soda, so it’s not going to save or protect your grass. In fact, baking soda may cause more damage than good because it is, in essence, a salt (sodium bicarbonate), which plants are well known for not reacting well to.
Tomato Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar and Vitamin C
Another ‘wise tale’ passed around by word of mouth is to use tomato juice to alter the pH of the dog’s urine to prevent lawn damage. The myth to go along with this solution is that dog’s urine is too acidic, therefore that is what causes grass to burn. The idea is, in order to combat the ‘acidity of dog’s urine’, simply supplement things like tomato juice, apple cider vinegar and vitamin c into your dog’s diet and problem solved! However, just as with the baking soda, all of these remedies don’t actually deal with the real problem of high nitrogen concentrations. Not to mention it’s highly advisable not to tamper with your dog’s health and diet with hear-say hacks. Ultimately, it’s not the pH of the dog’s urine that kills the grass, so it’s not worth putting your dog through all of this hassle.
The Simple, Straightforward Solution
The most straightforward solution to lawn burn is to reduce and remove the nitrogen from the grass. And that’s exactly what Neuturine does.
Every tablet in a sachet contains millions of task-specific bacteria with a unique ability to break down the nitrogen in dogs urine even after it has come into contact and sunk into the grass. By doing so, Neuturine not only restores the natural health of grass, it also contains seaweed extracts that help to further fertilise and stimulate lawn growth.
Regularly treating your lawn means that you repair the lawn burn from previous dog urine damage, whilst also topping up the beneficial bacteria present within the grass that can work to digest nitrogen and prevent future damage from occurring. No wasting time on unreliable hacks or the hassle of messing around with your dog’s diet.
Try Neuturine for yourself to revive and protect your lawn.