Do dog spots on the lawn have you running circles?
- September 7, 2017
We all love our furry little friends, but they sure can wreak havoc on our lawns. To really understand why we get dog spots on the lawn we first have to debunk a few myths. Follow along as we go through all the different things to help keep dog spots at bay.
FALSE! Your female dog has no difference in her urine, the heavier concentration is because of how your female dogs goes to the bathroom, she squats. A male dog who squats in the lawn can cause the same issues.
It is caused from an excess of Nitrogen in the urine. This is what causes the nice green grass around the edges, the Nitrogen is at a lower lever towards the edge of the spot allowing the lawn to use it. The center of the spot dies off because it the Nitrogen is so concentrated.
Now that we understand more about what causes the spot, keep reading for some solutions.
A lawn that is watered heavy and infrequent and fertilized on a regular will often times not show the dog spots as much, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. You just can’t see them as well because the rest of the lawn looks good, you don’t get the green circles in the lawn like below. The heavy watering helps to push the Nitrogen through the soil and the fertilizer gives the lawn a great even color.
This is a result of the lack of moisture. If we water our lawns correctly in the winter, we don’t have the issues with dog spots in the spring. Even soaking the area that they go most often with water once a week will help with the winter damage. Remember though, we need to water our lawns in the winter to also prevent winter kill.
Call us at 719-528-5296 for our watering guidelines and more information on keeping your lawn healthy and green.