Solutions for Urine Burns on Lawns - Drs. Foster and Smith

Follow these tips to neutralize dog urine and keep Rover from ruining your grass.
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Other landscaping options to neutralize dog urine include removing grass and replacing it with either pea gravel or artificial turf. Larger paver stones and can complement pea gravel for a more interesting look.
with ingredients that neutralize dog urine, which helps to prevent grass discoloration.
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You certainly want Fido to do his business in the yard, but you also want to keep your grass green. Eliminate unsightly brown spots by trying these tips.

Step 1: Identify the urine stains
Identify the spots in your lawn that are urine stains. Look for regular circles that start as yellowish and turn brown.

Step 2: Use a urine-neutralizing spray on spots
Use a urine-neutralizing spray to cover the spot and slow the decay. Sprays are available in pet supply or home improvement stores.

Tip
Look for products that contain a dye that keeps the grass alive and colors it a natural-looking green until it is revived.

Step 3: Add topsoil or compost to encourage growth
Flush the spot with water and cover the area with a thin layer of topsoil or compost to encourage new growth from the existing grass.

Step 4: Reseed if grass is already dead
Reseed the spot if the grass is already dead. Flush the area with water, add a layer of topsoil or compost, and reseed.

Tip
Use chicken wire to keep your dog away from the area while the seeds are growing.

Step 5: Consider food additives to prevent staining
Consider using food additives that neutralize your pet's urine and keep it from staining your grass.

Tip
Talk to your veterinarian to see if food additives would be appropriate for your dog. Ask them for recommendations of specific brands and talk about suitable dosages.

Step 6: Train your dog to use one spot every time
Train your dog to always go to the bathroom in the same spot. If you can't prevent lawn stains, at least you can keep the brown spots limited to one area.

Step 7: Prevent stains by flushing area immediately
Prevent future grass stains by immediately flushing the area with water after your pet goes.

Did You Know?
Female dogs are less likely to urine mark and more likely to squat, urinating all in one place, making them the primary culprits of lawn damage. In our article Neutralize Dog Urine we talk about some of the causes that damage grass by dog urine
Photo provided by Flickr“Are there any soil additives or other recommendations to neutralize dog urine so that it doesn't kill my grass
Photo provided by FlickrInstead, if a dog urinates on your lawn grass, respond by immediately watering that patch of grass. Applying water is the only way to neutralize urine.
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A Natural Way to REPAIR Brown Grass from Dog Urine. Pouring 2 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in a gallon of water on a burn spot neutralizes the concentrated amounts of ammonia and nitrogen that’s in the dog urine and burns the grass. The grass comes back green and healthy and you don’t have to worry about the dogs walking through a yard full of lawn chemicals and possibly ingesting something toxic when they lick their paws.To begin with, don't believe those stories about the urine's pH factor being the culprit behind the burnt grass. Lawn experts agree that the pH level of a dog's urine is not the cause of the lawn damage. So, remedies aimed at neutralizing the acid by applying baking soda or lime to the burned area, wouldn't be of help. Likewise, remedies to reduce the pH of your dog's urine internally, is also off-target for the same reason.To get rid of yellow burn spots in your lawn caused by dog urine: Dissolve 1cup baking soda into 1 gallon of water in a watering can. Saturate the spots every 3 days. The baking soda not only neutralizes the acid in the soil to allow grass to green again, it deodorizes the area. This stops the dog from recognizing the spot. If this can stop a dog from recognizing the spot, I would be amazed!By RodI have read that adding vinegar to your dog's water will neutralize the urine so it doesn't burn the grass. I forget the ratio of vinegar and water. Maybe someone has that information. (08/02/2007)