Lawn Care With Pets - Knowledgebase Question

Temecula, CA
Question by Juan012366
May 20, 2001
What can you do about dog urine stains on a lawn? Our new lawn is Fescue with Kentucky Bluegrass and it is gettiing yellow, dead-looking spots where oour dog pees. Any suggestions... Thanks, Juanita

Answer from NGA
May 20, 2001


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.

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