Lawn Care for Dog Lovers: How to Prevent Urine Spots on Your Lawn

We all love our pets. Where four-legged furry friends live, however, lawn spots are sure to follow. If you care about the “why” behind the problem, you can read about the three primary reasons why your dog’s urine burns the grass here – it basically comes down to the pH of the urine and it’s nitrogen content though. Most people just want to know if there’s anything that can be done to get rid of and prevent urine spots on their lawn. The answer is Yes!

Lawn Care for Dog Lovers: How to Prevent Urine Spots on Your Lawn

Here are some tips to get tough on those destructive lawn spots:


Arm yourself with water, and follow up Fido's freshly wet spot with a dose of watery dilution. If you have a hose, spray the area with water. Alternatively, you could seek out ways to go a little greener by utilizing greywater sources to flush the harmful elements in the urine off the grass.

Designate a Spot.

Dogs are very trainable animals, and most of them only want to make their humans happy. This can work well in your favor when you're trying to keep your lawn healthy and green. Designate a spot in the back of your yard that's specifically intended for your dog to do its duties. With a little training, your pet will happily pee where he knows he's supposed to go, eliminating all-over-your-yard yellow spots. If you want to avoid having a bright yellow spot in the back of your yard, consider defining your dog's special spot with artificial turf, gravel, or mulch.

If your pet isn't obeying the command, or if you're still in the training phase of the process, consider using a leash to direct your dog to the place he needs to go.

Go with the Right Grass.

Some grasses are simply more durable than others, and if you have a pet, you might want to consider installing a lawn that's more capable of standing up to the wear and tear. Fescue and perennial ryegrass have the ability to survive under lots of foot traffic, making them an excellent choice for pet owners who like luscious lawns. With these grasses, the dilution process can actually feed your lawn, acting as a fertilizer. Kentucky Bluegrass and Bermuda grass do not stand up to the pet urine test very well, so you should consider putting those at the bottom of your list if you are shopping for a urine-resistant species.

Favor the Right Fertilizer.

All fertilizers are not created equally. High-in-nitrogen fertilizers can be excellent in the right situations, but if you are fighting urine spots in your lawn, go with a low-nitrogen option.

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