Pet-friendly rental homes are a growing segment of the Catonsville single-family rental home market. Pets are so common these days that this has prompted many property owners to allow them under certain conditions. Most pet-friendly rentals include a lawn that is designed with a pet’s safety in mind. However, to some pets, the lawn is a likely waste area. This often causes brown spots sprawled across the area. Don’t let your pet urine spots to spoil your rental home’s lawn. Try one or more strategies recommended by lawn care experts.
Nitrogen is what causes grass to turn brown. Dog urine contains high amounts of nitrogen. In small amounts, nitrogen is good for your lawn. Brown patches are evidence of too much nitrogen killing the grass. If your dog urinates in the same spot, you might want to avoid putting nitrogen-rich fertilizer in the same spot. 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. This isn’t too hard to do, especially if your dog goes back to the same place to urinate. Regardless, spraying the lawn with water will help dilute the urine and prevent it from burning the grass.
By encouraging their pets to drink more water or by giving them supplements designed to neutralize the nitrogen in their urine, numerous dog owners have found a good way to avoid getting brown spots on their lawns. In giving your dog more water, you’re diluting their urine. Just make sure you don’t make your dogs drink too much water because it might cause them to become ill. 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 closing, several pet owners have protected their rental home’s lawn from pet urine spots by training their dog to urinate in other areas. You could train your dog to urinate in certain spots of the yard that don’t have grass. If your dog is receptive to consistent training, this is a great way to go about things. You should also contemplate other options like 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 all the prevention you need from your dog damaging a healthy, green lawn.
Good lawn maintenance can encourage a healthy lawn resistant to brown spots. But sometimes even careful tending and daily watering aren’t enough to prevent them. It would do you well to listen to the insight behind these strategies so that you can maintain in good condition your pet-friendly rental home and lawn. If you need help managing your pet-friendly rental or finding tenants, contact us online or call us at 410-415-1736 for a consultation.
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