Everything You Need to Know About Dog Spots

Though Saint George, Utah has a lot of desert-style landscaping, like artificial grass and rocks, it also sports plenty of live, green grass. Maintaining a beautiful yard of grass is challenging in the high desert because of the hot, dry climate and the scarcity of water as a natural resource; however, for dog owners, the yellow
dog spots are the biggest headaches that ugly up their lawns. This article presents dog spots as you’ve never seen them before and offers the best tips for preventing or mitigating their havoc on your green grass.

What Makes The Dog Spots?

The terse answer is “dogs,” but a better answer will explain why urine makes dog spots. Like human kidneys, dog kidneys will filter body fluid by keeping water and electrolytes and getting rid of the waste products, like nitrogen. Urine is high in nitrogen, the key chemical in protein, and nitrogen fertilizes grass, making it
greener. Lawn burn occurs when too much nitrogen gets on the grass. In other words, you could cause lawn burn yourself throughout the whole yard by applying excessive amounts of nitrogen-rich fertilizer.

Which Dogs Make the Worst Spots?

The dogs that make the worst dog spots are the dogs which put the most nitrogen on the grass. So, large dogs, which have big bladders and a lot of urine, will drench an area more than small dogs will. Also, female dogs, which tend to pee in one place, will burn the grass more than male dogs, which
move along and mark their territory one squirt at a time. What’s more, the dogs, whose diet is high in protein, will excrete more nitrogen in their urine, thus making yellower dog spots. Check with a veterinarian for recommendations on how much protein your dog should be getting. Higher quality dog food contains proteins
which do a better job of binding up the nitrogen so that less is excreted into the lawn.

How to Prevent Dog Spots

 

There are several ways to deal with dog spots, from prevention to treatment. First, consider the gender and size of dog you want to keep in your yard. Small, male dogs make fewer and less unsightly dog spots. Large, female dogs will make your lawn look like a view of crop circles from an airplane. Second, feed your dog less
protein or higher-quality dog food to minimize the nitrogen released onto the green grass. Third, don’t let the dog urinate on stressed, diseased, drought-affected, or newly seeded lawns. The weaker the grass, the more susceptible it is to lawn burn. Fourth, pour water or a urine treatment product on the urine after the dog is
finished relieving himself. Diluting the urine will decrease its strength to burn. Fifth, do not over-fertilize your lawn because it will be its threshold for tolerating nitrogen. The addition of more nitrogen from urine will likely burn it up.

Keep the Neighbors Dogs Away

Make sure the neighbors’ dogs are not the culprits of your dog spots. You can keep stray dogs off your beautiful grass by setting a motion sensor to trigger the sprinklers. It’ll bring a good laugh. Or, install an electric fence at the property boundaries; or less exciting, a good old-fashioned fence.

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