Everyone knows that a dog is a man’s best friend. They provide endless love, support and are always happy to see their owner. Daily walks provide just the right amount of exercise for a healthy adult as well. They make fantastic companions and help to keep you healthy. Overall, there aren’t many down sides to owning a dog. Sure, you might find hair on the furniture, but nothing a little Scotch-guard won’t prevent. Unfortunately, the yard has a different opinion on dogs. A less than positive one at that. Most laws are known to be the dogs’ bathroom space, so you know the lawn has a few complaints already.
Most dog owners experience the yellowing of the grass in many areas. This can be unattractive and prevent gardens from blooming in season. The yellowing is caused by the nitrogen levels of a dogs urine, which is due to the high protein diet. While you can’t change the diet of your beloved friend, you can take action to save your lawn.
The easiest method is diluting those nitrogen levels. When your dog is finished going to the bathroom, head outside with the hose. If you don’t have one, that might be why your grass is dying. A healthy yard is watered at least once a day. More often if you have a dog. Watering the area the dog has just used will dilute the Nitrogen, reducing the likeliness of the grass changing colors. You don’t have to water the whole lawn every time the dog goes outside, just the area that was used for elimination. A few seconds is long enough to lessen the nitrogen levels.
Another method is creating a designated area for your dog to use. This may require some training, especially if your dog is already used to going wherever he/she wants to. Ideally, this area will be made of something other than grass. You can use gravel or sand to create a box for your dogs use. It might resemble a litter box when you’re finished constructing. Either way, it will save your grass and give your furry friend a special place.
You also have the option of pulling up already dying grass to plant new grass. If this is something you’re planning, you should know that certain types of grass are more resistant to the nitrogen levels. For instance, fescue and ryegrass are two types of grass resistant to nitrogen levels, so they are less likely to go brown. You may also want to keep in mind that fertilizers use a level of nitrogen as well. This can be counterproductive with a dog on the lawn. Too much nitrogen is exactly what turns healthy grass into a mess. You can opt for a fertilizer that uses less nitrogen, or simply use less. This will prolong the life of your grass and help to reduce the risk of yellowing.
As long as you’re on top of the nitrogen levels, you’re bound to have a beautiful lawn that your dog will love running around in.