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Don’t let urine burn spots on your lawn burn you up!

Many of us work hard to keep a nice healthy lawn, and it can be really frustrating when letting our pets enjoy the yard can result in burned spots. If you have dogs, especially large female dogs, then you probably have had to deal with yellow or dead spots in your lawn that are created by their urine. It’s worse with female dogs, because they typically have stronger urine than males, and they tend to like to squat in the same spots, though yellow spots often occur with male dogs, too. (Life note: male dogs just lift a leg wherever they are at the moment, but the ladies try to remain a bit more organized in their elimination rituals.)

Your dog’s urine is highly acidic and can kill the grass it comes in contact with. This is similar to burning a lawn with too much fertilizer. One way to combat urine burn is to train your dog to do his business in one area of the yard that has been designated as his personal bathroom. It’s a good idea to segregate the bathroom spot with river pebbles, sand or even artificial turf. This way, you can clean it up easily, and the dog comes to know that that enclosed area is his potty. This can help when you travel and have to use small designated dog toileting spaces at rest areas. Since you’ve trained the dog not to pee in the house you may find that teaching him or her to potty in a specific area isjust another step along those same lines.

You can also take advantage of  products like Lawn Saver®, which is produced by 21st Century, that help to counteract the effects of dog urine on lawns. Lawn Saver helps you maintain a nice green lawn where your dogs live and play by reducing those ugly yellow spots caused by pet urine.


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