Brown spots from dog's tinkle

Reply

  #1  
Old 03-27-18, 04:08 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 256
Brown spots from dog's tinkle

Over the winter, I've noticed that I'm getting a brown spot in the lawn from every time my dog relieves himself. (This wasn't happening in the fall - when he was only 4 months old. I'm assuming it's a "mature dog" thing). Anyhoo, will the green come back once the grass starts growing again? What's the best way to lessen the impact in the future?

Thanks
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 03-27-18, 04:36 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 43,537
The green should come back, does he use the same spot every time?
 
  #3  
Old 03-27-18, 05:10 AM
Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: North East Kingdom of Vermont
Posts: 2,348
You could check the pH of those areas to see if they've become more alkaline than the surrounding areas.

I once had two adult intact male dogs living on a postage stamp lot (65' X 100'), and I controlled the damage to the lawn by simply rinsing those areas more frequently and thoroughly with a garden hose to keep the soil in balance (a pH of ≈ 6.8), and this worked except for a few spots where I had to apply some diluted household vinegar,.

The most difficult aspect of this would probably be getting a true reading of your lawn's pH. I had an inexpensive gauge with probes that could simply be inserted into damp soil. Your Garden Center (or eBay) might sell such an item:

Name:  s-l500 (4).jpg
Views: 58
Size:  15.3 KB

That same Garden Center may recommend a soil additive, like aluminum sulphate, to acidify (or balance) the pH of those stubborn spots in your lawn. Sometimes, just the passage of the Spring Rains through the soil takes care of it. At least you're acting to get control of the issue before it gets out of hand.
 

Last edited by Vermont; 03-27-18 at 06:28 AM.
  #4  
Old 03-27-18, 05:18 AM
Member
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: USA
Posts: 425
Dog urine is very high in nitrogen. Although nitrogen is beneficial for a healthy law, the urine contains too much nitrogen. This results in burning similar to what you'd get if you spill fertilizer. As it dissolves the grass will recover from the outside in. You can accelerate this somewhat by heavy watering. Also fescue is more tolerant so you can plant more of that.

Lessening the impact is easiest by getting the dog to urinate someplace else like your neighbor's lawn - which is how my neighbor is handling his problem.
 
  #5  
Old 03-27-18, 05:22 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 256
Thanks for the suggestions.

We have three acres, but I don't have the discipline to march the dude way out back simply to distribute the nitrogen more evenly. The "potty area" is maybe 30' x 30'.
 
  #6  
Old 03-27-18, 08:09 AM
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: WI/MN
Posts: 18,561
If he is using a small area, I would simply resign myself to that area not having good grass and be thankful the rest is good.
 
  #7  
Old 03-27-18, 08:48 AM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 2,363
Two big dogs here, yes the high levels of Nitrogen kill the center spot of grass but the surrounding halo will grow very green.

After a few weeks it will start to grow in from the edges and blend in!
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
'