Got Pets? Solving Pet Problems.
You don’t have to choose between having a lawn and having a pet. This article will help you know how to recognize and deal with pet spots in your lawn. Three of the main problems caused by pets include lawn compaction, pH imbalances, and over fertilization. This article deals with these three main issues and how to fix them.
The first major lawn problem has to do with lawn compaction. Big pets need big lawns. If the lawn is to small they will trample the grass and destroy the roots. Compaction problems can be overcome in some degree by aerating the lawn, with will reduce the root stress and allow better water and air penetration. People with large back yard pets can improve the soil sometimes just by aerating on a regular biases. If you have hard clays, you may also want to add lime or gypsum to soften the soil.
Pet urine is high in urea and often causes pet problems in your lawn. It is evident if you have yellow spots surrounded by dark green rings. Urea has and N-P-K value of 46-0-0. The yellowing spots in the lawn are caused by over fertilization which acidifies the soil and burns your lawn. Although urea is an excellent fertilizer, to much of it is lethal for your lawn. There are essentially 3 ways to solve this problem. Each pet is different so pick a way that works best for you. One, give your pet a vitamin additive in their food that neutralizes the urine. Two follow your pet with a pitcher of water and pour it on the spots where he first peas. Three, Train your dog to pea in other places like over rock and bark and not on the lawn.
The third pet problem is ovulation. This is only problematic with female dogs. It is even more acidic than urine & will damage your lawn even faster. There is also an additive you can give your pet to fix this problem or you can have your pet fixed. You should try to fix patches causes by ovulation on a regular basis to keep the damage from getting out of hand.
Once your lawn has been damaged by either urea or pH imbalances, the next step is to repair the spots in the lawn that are damaged. To do this, first scrape off affected area down to the soil. Next, replace with either sod or seed. For seed lawn use a light topdressing and starter fertilizer. Be sure to water regular. Grass should take 3-6 weeks to get established.