My dogs urine damages grass!…
I first noticed it in Northern Virginia, Lee made it a point to tell me every time he cut the lawn, that Jaxson was ruining the grass!
Fast forward to Charleston –
Around the corner lives the loveliest neighbors. I walk past their home just about every afternoon. The front lawn has a little bit of a slope and for some reason, Jaxon loves to walk up and down the mini-mound. This past spring, they spent a mint (I’m talking the equivalent of a college semester) having their lawn ripped apart and transformed into a plush green oasis.
This makes my afternoon walks a little difficult because Jaxson has always liked to pee on their old lawn.
The other day, I had to drag Jaxson past this particular yard like it was a life or death situation. It could have very easily been one – mine!
Our neighbor was outside on his porch, and I couldn’t afford (literally and figuratively) for Jaxson to squat and water a few blades of grass.
Dog pee – his pee – ruins the lawn…
WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN? –
Some studies believe dogs need to drink more water to lessen the effects of the nitrogen on the lawn.
Others stated perhaps the dog should be allowed to eliminate their bladders more often – reducing the amount of urine in the system.
Theses theories aren’t satisfying me because –
- Jaxson drinks water all day
- He and Harley are outside often
I know I said my dogs urine damages grass, but interesting enough, this is a curse that only Jaxson carries. Harley’s urine has never changed the color of anything – ever!…
COULD IT BE THE GRASS? –
Check this out –
While nitrogen is an essential component of healthy soil, high concentrations of it can cause patches of grass to turn yellow or brown. Urine is naturally high in nitrogen, and nitrogen alone can cause grass burns. … Salts and other compounds found in dog urine also contribute to grass damage.The Spruce Pets
This explains why some lawns leave a spot after Jaxson has paid a visit and some do not.
In the Spring of 2020, we plan to start our beautification backyard project. I was super excited to tell Doodle Dad all that I’d learned while researching dog urine.
I couldn’t wait to share that we needed to look for a more “urine-resistant grass” like “Ryegrass and Fescue.”
After rambling on and on about this, he waited for me to pause and catch my breath to then ask –
Are you allowing them to pee of someone else’s lawn? Cathy, that’s illegal.#whatinthedoodle
IS IT ILLEGAL FOR JAXSON TO PEE ON SOMEONE ELSES LAWN? –
ooked glared at him for a few minutes, told him he was crazy wrong and then defended my dog walking habits.
“As we head to the park,” I said, “on occasion – Jaxson will pee on someone’s lawn. Most of the time he relieves himself on the strip of grass that’s between the sidewalk and street.” #thatwasalie #Ifeltpressured
And so our debate ensued.
Later that evening I sat down and keyed up my boyfriend “Mr. Google” OhMeOhMy – Lee was somewhat correct –
It’s trespassing! You can go on people’s lawns to deliver your paper route or to ring their doorbell or to say hello. You can’t go on their lawns to deliver piss. and you certainly can’t after being told to stay off.
It’s considered rude and inappropriate!
Did you know this?
Am I the only one who didn’t know this?
There are a gazillion neutralizing agents on the market filled with various complex vitamins, amino acids and such. I’m personally not interested in giving them something else to swallow.
Neither one of the Boys has an offensive strong urine odor, which lets me know their urine is fine, so I’m not messing with it.
Perhaps, I will look into an oriental rock garden motif for the backyard. This will solve the issues of the brown spots, keep me out of jail AND save my marriage!
Thanks so much for reading, gotta go – it’s dog walking time! #takinganewroute
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today! ❤️