Can dog unrine kill a rose bush or tree? - Knowledgebase Question

galveston, tx
Question by smsalina
August 3, 2007
I had an up coming rose bush and then one day it was like someone took a torch to it. Then looking around one of our big tallo trees where the dogs mark their territory, the same burnt grass surrounds it. we have had 2 big tress in our yard die with no apparent reason, and I wondered if the dogs marking their territory could have killed them as well as one of my rose bushes.

Answer from NGA
August 3, 2007



Dog urine can kill a rose if you get enough. The salts are concentrated and can burn the roots. A tree has too extensive of a root system to be susceptible to such a problem. If anyone sprayed a weed killer around the plants to kill the grass away this could also be the culprit.

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