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what is the best way to repair lawn burns caused by dog urine? does the soil become damaged or is it just the grass? are there any preventative measures ( i want to keep the dogs and have no alternative area for them to go)


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    If you throw water where the dog has been immediately that dilutes it and stops the dog going in the same spot as well-similarly it is not so noticeable in wet conditions

    The brown patches are caused by the reaction between the high nitrogen content and the grass-in the same way as anyone who has dropped some grass feed in one spot would get

    So I wouldn't say the soil is contaminated as such.

  • I have a friend who has trained her dogs to go on a large pourous paper mat, which are specially made for animals/toilet training etc. I dont know unfortunately what they are called but both dogs use this for wee and poo. The older dog now uses it overnight in the kitchen to save accidents. She places one outside every morning to the left of the kitchen door so they have continuity.  I suppose it depends on how old they are old dog and new tricks...... Her lawns are perfect and her veg patch is astounding with no doggy input.

  • If you can give your dogs tomatoes aswell, that may help. Something in the toms that neutralise the damage caused by urine

  • Water the spot your doggie has peed with lots of water-we took the spray end off the watering can so each pee gets about a pint or more of water. This not only dilutes the urine but allows the nitrogen in the urine to fertilise that bit of grass.  We have a very lushious lawn as a result!

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Mine is patchy in terms of super lush growth from being fed and then areas he's missed, perhaps next year he'll complete his patchwork image

  • Indeed!  Not good if you want a perfectly even lawn but better than burns everywhere for ours which is pretty weedy anyway!image

  • DYLDYL Posts: 67

    I use the rocks you can buy from pet shops that you place in their water. I keep one in his water bowl and one in a watering can in the garden that he always drinks from. Seems to help.

  • taylor.971taylor.971 Posts: 1
    I'm a first time dog owner. My young labrador wees on the lawn and digs holes in it too, so it's a big mess. I'm thinking that I'll have to dig it up and replace with patio (it's fairly small anyway), but does anyone have alternative ideas? Thanks.
  • Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 935
    I'm trying to get my male dog to piddle in three specific areas of the garden, namely three trees that are in the lawn. The trees have about a 2ft diameter of bark at the base. He's a large dog but not very accurate as nearly always manages to miss the trunk tho' he does hit the bark. Every time he uses the spots he gets a fuss made. 

    Made a big mistake once, I stood a bird table on the lawn - not good!

    The grass does recover though, but my battle is with leathjackets in the lawn  presently.
    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
  • bédébédé Posts: 2,978
    edited 12 April

    I have a friend who has trained her dogs to go on a large pourous paper mat, which are specially made for animals/toilet training etc. 

     Absorbent too.  I thought they would be a good idea for indoors use with my puppy.   He thought they were great fun and chewed them up.

    Bitches are supposed to be worse for killing the grass than dogs.  Whether that is due to where they go or a difference in concentration, I don't know.

    My strategy is to watch and water immediately.  Not always possible.  Watering as soon as you notice that damage has been done is better than no action.  With poo, scoop it up and water.

    Regarding Jenny's dog, I believe that all dogs visualise themselves as wolves.  So a long low male dog will always miss the target.

     location: Surrey Hills, England, ex-woodland acidic sand.
    "Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
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