The yellow and brown patches on lawn that you see are often caused by pet urine – especially dog urine – when your pet urinates on the grass. To deal with this issue or prevent it, you can take a number of effective measures:
- You can start by training your dog to urinate in specific areas. Dog training might require some time and effort, but the result is that you can prevent brown patches without having to make any changes to your landscaping.
- If you notice your dog has already urinated on the grass, then the damage can be prevented by immediately hosing down the area with a garden hose. That way, the extra nitrogen and other harmful compounds in the urine will be washed away before they can be absorbed by the grass roots.
- You can also create lawn-free landscaping that your dog can enjoy. Using an invisible dog fence to keep your dog away from the lawn area can also help.
- Finally, a less recommended method is to increase your dog’s water intake. This can be a problem if your dog already drinks a lot of water, so make sure to talk to your vet before considering the method. However, in most cases, a healthy added dose of water will only help your dog get better hydration and help your lawn at the same time.