We all love our dogs, that goes without saying, and some of us love our gardens too… But owning a dog doesn’t have to mean sacrificing our lovely gardens. Yes, burn patches on lawns can be a real pain, but there are things you can do to help remedy the burnt grass. Here are some suggestions.
What Causes Urine Burns?
Urine is high in ammonia, which contains nitrogen. In the correct concentration nitrogen is actually good for plants and grass and acts as a fertiliser. Unfortunately the concentration of nitrogen is very high in dogs’ urine, so the area of grass which has received a high dose of nitrogen dies, creating brown patches. The area surrounding it which has received a less concentrated dosage of nitrogen grows fast and can look green and lush. It is commonly thought that female dogs are the only culprits of causing urine burns on grass, and this is untrue! Females crouch to relieve themselves, meaning there is a high concentration of urine on just one small patch of grass which inevitably kills the grass quicker. Male dogs tend to cock their legs, meaning their spray of urine goes further and thus not doing as much ‘damage’ as quickly!
What does Ha-Pee Lawns, from WOOF&BREW do? By Richard Allport BVetMed, VetMFHom, MRCVS
“Ha Pee Lawns does two things – one is to bind the ammonia and neutralise it. The other effect is that the rest of the herbs have mainly a very mild diuretic effect, which helps make the urine less concentrated, so less likely to burn. If the urine is a little more dilute it will also be less acid or alkaline in effect, not because the actual level of acidity/alkalinity changes but there is less actual amount of acid, or alkaline in each ‘deposit’ of urine. This diuretic effect is not strong enough to make dogs drink or pee excessively, but will help if the urine is too concentrated. The single most important effect though is the ammonia binding effect. “
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What Else Can You Do To Help?