Lawn Care - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by justusthree17
May 26, 2010
Is there anything that I can use on my grass to keep it growing, especially when my female dog releaves herself on it? I know female urine tends to kill grass moreso than male dogs do. Any help...I'd appreciate it. Thanks

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2010
I've heard that the urine of female dogs is more damaging because of extra hormones. I don't think there's any scientific evidence to prove that rumor, though. The lawn damage is caused by the salts in the urine. Anything you can do to dilute the urine immediately after it comes in contact with your lawn will help prevent brown spots. So, if you can't keep your dog off the lawn, you can hose off the areas after they've relieved themselves to minimize damage. If the lawn is already dead you'll need to rake it out, roots and all, mix in a little compost to help neutralize the urine, and reseed the bare areas. Best wishes with your lawn!

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