The Q&A Archives: Dogs and Grass

Question: I have a nice back yard and that is where our family dog does his business. Is there any way to stop the brown patches caused by him urinating in these spots? We try to make him use other areas. Is there anything to spray on the yard to stop the urine from killing the grass or is there anything you can give the dog to neutralize the urine?

Answer: You can fix the dead spots, but it's difficult to avoid having dead spots due to pet urine. The salts in urine kill off the grass so you'll need to flood the spots to leach out the salts, then rake out the dead grass and over-seed with new grass seed. The seed should germinate in 7-10 days. As for keeping new dead areas from forming, about the only course of action is to hose the area off as soon as your pet urinates. This will dilute the urine and keep it from killing the grass. Some pet stores sell dietary supplements that are supposed to neutralize the urine. You might check into those. Wish I had a better solution for you!

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