This is how you can stop your beautiful green lawn from becoming dotted with yellow patches: how can you prevent grass damage?

Szénási Szimonetta

2024. June 2 - Photos: Getty Images Hungary

It's annoying when a conscientiously tended lawn is disfigured by stains from dog pee. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect the beauty of your garden.


It is not a very aesthetically pleasing sight when our dog’s urine stains the yard but the fact is that our pets have to do their job somewhere. But here are some tricks you can use to keep your garden looking green.

If you have a dog, then small patches of brown grass are most likely caused by dog pee.

Why does dog pee burn the grass?

First, let’s look at what’s in the behind the phenomenon! The urine of dogs is naturally rich in nitrogen, which burns off the grass in high concentrations. This is what causes the yellow spots on the lawn. However, it is also common to see a band of darker grass around the yellow patch. The reason is that gradually less and less urine reaches that stage, and the nitrogen feeds the plants in small quantities. That’s why it also happens that poor-quality grass will turn a vibrant green from dog’s urine.

1) Rinse the grass!

One of the easiest ways to control stains is to rinse the area with plenty of water. This will prevent the concentrated absorption of too much nitrogen. In addition, diluted dog pee can also be used to bring out the beneficial effects of nitrogen mentioned above.

2) Let’s build a dog toilet!

Another solution is to teach your pet to keep their business in one place in the garden. For this, you can enclose a special corner or just a place, a litter box where you can initially lead the dog on a leash, and when they have finished their work, they can be rewarded with a tasty snack

3.) Frequent drinking makes diluted urine

In addition to adequate hydration being essential for maintaining the health of the animal, increased water consumption can reduce the nitrogen concentration in their urine, so it won’t burn the grass from them peeing on it.

4) Diet can also help

The amount of nitrogen in the urine depends on the breed, size and diet of the dog, so in some cases, it may be appropriate to switch to a special diet. However, it is very important that you talk with your vet before putting your pet on any new diet, as a poorly formulated diet can lead to serious health problems!

5) Let the grass grow longer!

Grass left to grow higher will grow a stronger root system, making it more resistant. It also improves the visual appearance, as the taller grasses at the top close together, possibly hiding the patches.

6) Strengthen the lawn!

Some fertilisers help to leach nitrogen and salts from the soil while stimulating root growth. Keep in mind that some chemicals are dangerous for your dogs, for example, they can cause stomach upset, so always wash the affected area thoroughly with clean water after the absorbtion time.

7) Choose a resistant grass!

If none of the previous tips worked, or if you’re about to start sowing new seeds, make sure you choose a more resistant grass. This is where our specialised advisors can help.

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