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Preventing Pet Urine Spots on Your Pet-Friendly Lawn

Husky Puppy Relaxing the Backyard of a Little Elm Rental PropertyPet-friendly rental homes are, undoubtedly, a growing segment of the Little Elm single-family rental home market. Many renters want or already have a pet, which certainly has prompted many property owners to allow them under certain conditions. Most pet-friendly rentals integrate a lawn that is designed with a pet’s safety in mind. But, in fact, some pets, like dogs, may use that lawn as a waste area, which can surely create unsightly brown spots in an otherwise healthy expanse of green. Because of that, to help prevent pet urine spots from spoiling your rental home’s lawn, do one or a few strategies recommended by lawn care experts.

The reason that dog urine causes grass to turn brown is that it possesses a lot of nitrogen. In small amounts, nitrogen is good for your lawn. But, regrettably, too much in one spot would kill the grass, causing brown patches in the yard. In case your dog tends to urinate in the same places every time, one thing you should do is avoid putting nitrogen-rich fertilizer in those parts. You may be damaging the lawn more with your fertilizer if it has nitrogen in it, so be meticulous to either choose a nitrogen-free fertilizer or don’t apply fertilizer to the pet urine spots.

One helpful yet simple strategy is to rinse the lawn right after your dog urinates on it. This is so much simpler if your dog tends to go to the same places all the time. But though that is not your case, spraying the lawn with water could help dilute the urine and prevent it from burning the grass.

Similarly, some dog owners have found success by really encouraging their pets to drink more water or by giving them supplements designed to neutralize the nitrogen in their urine. The rationale behind the first approach is to dilute your dog’s urine by giving them more water. Granting that this could be working well with many dogs, bear in mind, it’s really important not to give your dog too much water, or they could become ill. The alternative is to try pet-safe supplements designed to help minimize the damage to your lawn. Dietary supplements like that are said to bind with the nitrogen in your dog’s urine, effectively making it less harmful to grass.

On a final point, many pet owners have protected their rental home’s lawn from pet urine spots by training their dog to urinate in other areas. If in case there are places in the yard that do not have grass, you should train your dog to urinate there. This approach makes sense especially if your dog is receptive to consistent training. You could additionally use fencing or a urine-resistant ground cover to create a dog-friendly place for them to pee. One small patch of clover, pea gravel, or even mulch could be all you need to keep your dog from damaging a healthy, green lawn.

Good lawn maintenance can surely encourage a healthy lawn resistant to brown spots. But once in a while, even careful tending and daily watering are just not enough to prevent them. By simply employing one or some of the top strategies in this article, you can thus keep your pet-friendly rental home and lawn in great condition. If you need help managing your pet-friendly rental or finding tenants, contact us today at 469-820-0088 for a consultation.

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