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Dead Spots on Your Lawn?

By August 26, 2021August 30th, 2021No Comments

Do you have dead spots on your lawn?

Chances are you have a dog. And yes, this is one of the tiny side-effects of owning a pet. When you are shaking your head at those dead spots, just remember all of the joy that your dog brings to your life and your families!

Dead grass spots are caused from their urine. (Of course dead grass spots can be caused by other things, but in this blog we will concentrate on those caused by your dog.)

Wondering why this happens and what you can do about it? Unfortunately, it is a part of owning a furry friend but rest assured that there are some things you can do to help minimize the number of spots and to make your lawn look great again!

FAQs on Dead Spots & Dogs

What causes dog urine to kill grass?

According to the Spruce Pets, it’s a combination of high nitrogen in the dog’s urine as well as salt and other minerals.

Is it true that female dogs cause the most trouble with dead spots?

No, this is false. Both male and female dogs cause the same trouble with urine spots. While you may believe female dogs create more spots, male dogs would be more noticeable too if they didn’t lift their leg so often to pee on trees, objects, etc.

What measures can be taken to lessen the frequency of urine spots?

A few options you can try:

  • Train your canine to pee in a certain area of your lawn (so the spots are controlled to one area)
  • Take your canine outside the yard to pee and the dead spots are less visible
  • Keep an eye on how much water your dog consumes (and adding more if needed; in the form of ice cubes or mixing water with dry food). This may lessen the concentration of salt and other minerals in the pee that cause the dead spots.
  • Promptly hose off the area your dog peed on to dilute the concentration of urine absorbing into the grass
  • Look into changing your dog’s diet

And as for those dead spots? We can help with that!

How can Earth Smart Property Solutions help get rid of dead spots?

There are two ways that we can help assist you and your lawn.

The first is our Overseeding service. Overseeding helps replenish bare patches on your lawn by making the grass around the bare patch healthy which will then encroach on the dead spots. If you can’t recall when you last had this done, then this may be the right choice for you. You can learn more about this here.

The other way is by choosing our Lawn Smart Rejuvenation Package service. This service not only includes overseeding, but also aeration and applying fertilizer to the lawn. This is a great way to get your lawn back to a healthy appearance. You can learn more about this here.

Information courtesy of:

The Spruce Pets – How to Stop Dog Urine From Damaging Your Grass