So you’re an animal lover and yard enthusiast. You take pride in the health and vigor of your lawn but you also enjoy pets, who also enjoy the yard as much as you do.
Unfortunately your furry friends can wreak havoc on your lawn digging up holes, rolling in the grass and worst of all urine created dead spots.
With some preventive and post damage actions you will learn how to stop pet urine spots so you can have a healthy lawn and a best friend to enjoy it with.
Female dogs tend to damage areas worse because they urinate in one spot instead of spreading it out
How to stop pet urine spots Preventative measures:
1. Most dogs can be trained to use a specific corner or mulched over area as their bathroom. This may not work for all dogs while few cats can be trained to do this.
2. Animals will learn through operant conditioning; so if you catch your pet in the act of urinating on your lawn, spray them with water or make loud noises so they will relate the deed with displeasure. Animals have a very short memory so if you don’t punish them during the act they will not understand why they are being punished.
3. If your issue is a neighbor’s dog that uses your lawn in passing, consider building a small decorative fence to deter any animals from passing through. You may also set your sprinklers to motion detection (this can be useful for wild animals as well).
4. The last preventive measure may be to spray parts of your lawn with store bought or a home remedy deterrent that has ingredients animals prefer to avoid.
Cats are small so they don’t tend to cause as much damage as dogs
How to stop pet urine spots after the fact:
Animal urine has a great deal of nitrogen which is why it either discolors or kills grass. The same thing happens when you spill too much fertilizer on a spot; the grass gets burned due to too much nitrogen.
1. The first thing to do when you see a urine spot is to flood the ground. This will dissipate the nitrogen hopefully bringing it back to a normal range.
2. Do not fertilize the area because this will add more nitrogen which in turn exacerbates the problem.
3. Turn the soil, add a layer of top soil and re-seed. Consider reseeding with a tougher grass such as fescues or perennial ryegrass because these types are not as susceptible to animal urine.