Dog Urine And Grass - Knowledgebase Question

Bend, OR
Question by bbrady5
September 16, 1999
Is there anything we can do to prevent our dogs urine from burning our lawn? Or is there a dog-proof grass that we can plant? Also, do you know of any plants that can stand up to moderate abuse from two dogs playing in our yard?


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Answer from NGA
September 16, 1999

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Dog urine is alkaline and contains concentrations of salts, so it has problably thrown the soil pH off a little. I suggests raking about an inch of compost into the area. The compost contains soil organisms that can help balance to the soil biology andchemistry. Depending on the grass species, new tillers may come into the renovated area, but you can always put down a little seed to get it going again. If your dog usually uses your lawn for relief, douse the area with a hose to dilute the effect of the urine soon after the fact. Consider also giving the dog his/her own area and fencing it in while you enjoy the rest of the lawn.

Some tough shrubs that grow well in your area include Escallonia, Laurel, Rhododendron, Pieris, Evergreen Huckleberry and Viburnum.

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