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What Dogs Do: How to Avoid Pet
Damage to your Lawn.


When your dog scratches at the door, your lawn is about to take a
beating. Dog urine is contains nitrogen, which can burn your lawn.
You can minimize the damage with the following tips.
Project Steps

Identify the problem.
Not all brown spots are caused by pets. If the spots in your yard have
rings of dark green grass around their edges, blame Fido. If the
brown grass comes out in clumps when you pull on it, blame grubs or
lawn disease.

Create a potty place.
Get your dog to do its business in one area. Make a small patch with
mulch or pea gravel (no pun intended). Train your dog to use that
area with rewards and praise.

Change your dog's diet.
Nitrogen is formed when protein is broken down in digestion. Less
protein means less nitrogen in your dog's urine. And that means less
lawn damage. Talk to your vet about the right options for your pet.

Get your dog to drink up.

Adding more moisture to your dog's intake makes it go more, but the
nitrogen level is diluted. Little things can help, such as adding water
to dry food.

Take a walk.
A little exercise is good for everybody. Get the leash out and walk
your dog to the nearest field or park, where the extra nitrogen will
cause less harm.

Maintenance

If you notice parts of your parkway are popular with neighborhood
dogs, flush those areas with water within eight hours. If your pet
spots don't grow back when your dog starts going somewhere else,
you'll have to re-seed.