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Preventing Pet Urine Spots on Your Pet-Friendly Lawn

Husky Puppy Relaxing the Backyard of a Cheney Rental PropertyPet-friendly rental homes are a growing segment of the Cheney single-family rental home market. Since a lot of renters are also pet owners, many property owners now allow them under certain conditions. Most pet-friendly rentals include a lawn that is designed with a pet’s safety in mind. But, other pets may see the lawn as a waste area, causing brown spots in different areas. To prevent this, try a few strategies from lawn care experts to prevent pet urine from spoiling your rental home’s lawn.

Dog urine causes grass to turn brown because it has a lot of nitrogen. In small amounts, nitrogen is good for your lawn. What will kill the grass, though, is too much nitrogen — this is what results in brown patches. If your dog has a specific area for urinating, avoid putting nitrogen-rich fertilizer in the same area. You might be damaging the lawn more with your fertilizer if it has nitrogen in it, so be careful to either choose a nitrogen-free fertilizer or don’t apply fertilizer to the pet urine spots.

Another simple strategy is to rinse the lawn after your dog urinates on it. Of course, it’s easier when your dog goes to urinate in the same place over and over again. Be that as it may, spraying the lawn with water will help dilute the urine and prevent it from burning the grass.

Some dog owners have also found another approach to keeping their lawns healthy and green. That is, encouraging their pets to drink more water or giving them supplements designed to neutralize the nitrogen in their urine. In diluting your dog’s urine by giving them more water, you’re also diluting the nitrogen in their urine. Be careful, though, as making dogs drink too much water could cause health problems for them. The alternative is to try pet-safe supplements designed to help minimize the damage to your lawn. Dietary supplements like these are said to bind with the nitrogen in your dog’s urine, making it less harmful to grass.

In conclusion, lots of pet owners have protected their rental home’s lawn from pet urine spots by training their dog to urinate in other areas. If there are areas in your yard that do not have grass, those are the areas where you want to train your dog to urinate. This works especially well if your dog is receptive to consistent training. Some other options you could explore include fencing or a urine-resistant ground cover to create a dog-friendly place for them to pee. A small patch of clover, pea gravel, or even mulch could be what stops your dog from damaging a healthy, green lawn.

Good lawn maintenance can encourage a healthy lawn that is resistant to brown spots. But sometimes even careful tending and daily watering aren’t enough to prevent them. Pay attention to these strategies so that you can keep your pet-friendly rental home and lawn in top condition. If you need help managing your pet-friendly rental or finding tenants, contact us online or call us at 509-462-1042 for a consultation.

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