Summer is here, and you can’t wait to host a slew of parties and cookouts! The patio furniture is out, the pool is open, and the lawn is fertilized and manicured - but, oh, there are some circular, brown, dead spots in the grass over by the tree line. Wait… did we just say dead spots?
Prevention and Treatment – It is much easier to prevent dead spots than it is to treat them, so be proactive. In order to prevent dead spots from ever forming, train your dog to relieve himself somewhere other than on your lawn - perhaps in the woods. If you live in an urban area and the front lawn is all you have, simply mulch a small area or put down stones and train him to do his business there. Again, dogs are incredibly habitual, so once he’s trained to use the new area, he’ll use it every time. If your pooch simply will not switch up his old habits, there are other ways to battle dead spots. First of all, diluting the urine will help keep the area from damaging the roots. If your dog is on a potty schedule, why not turn the sprinkler system on after he’s done. This will help wash the urine past the root zone. If your dog has potent urine, you could also to increase his water intake. If he won’t drink more on his own, try mixing water into his dog food. By getting more water in his diet, his urine will naturally be less potent.