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Dogs and Lawns

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The lawn tends to be a playground for our family, this can include our four-legged friends too.

Unfortunately, they are the only member of the family that is allowed to use the lawn as their personal toilet, causing brown patches in some cases. These unsightly patches are caused by the strong urea in the dog’s urine and scorches the grass on contact.

You may notice that the incriminating brown patches have a dark green edge, this is where the urea becomes weaker and gives the grass a boost of nitrogen.  The problem, in my experience, varies from breed to breed and male to female.

The cure to the polka dot pee problem isn’t an easy one. To eradicate it the lawn must be dog-free and this isn’t generally an option.

The best thing to do is to take your furry friend out for its business first thing in the morning as this wee tends to be the strongest as they have been crossing their legs all night, so quick walk around the block may save your lawn somewhat.

When repairing the damaged areas, it is best to wait a few weeks as the soil will remain contaminated and may hamper the germination of the grass seed.

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