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How to Get Rid of Brown Patches in lawn caused by Dog Urine; 4 Ideas to save your Grass from the Burning Brown Spots

Lawn with the typical brown patches caused by the nitrogen in dogs' urine

Lawn with the typical brown patches caused by the nitrogen in dogs' urine

Dogs are wonderful companions and taking them out for walkies is a relaxing pastime. But sometimes it is just so much more convenient to let them relieve themselves in the garden – but unfortunately this isn’t great for your lawn and the dog urine could burn big brown patches in the grass. Unless of course, you’re taking the necessary precautions.

Why are there brown patches in your lawn?

If your dog is using your garden as its toilet, then the brown spots in your lawn could be caused by your dog’s urine which contains lots of nitrogen. Nitrogen can be a good fertilizer for plats but dog urine simply contains too much of it, which is why it burns brown patches into the lawn.

Use Vinegar and tomato juice to help getting rid of brown patches in the lawn caused by dog wee:

One teaspoon to one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per day (depending on size of your dog) which could nullify the nitrogen imbalance and make your dogs wee harmless to your lawn.

You should pick the natural type from a health food store, or find it in a horse tack shops and don’t use the pasteurized version from the supermarket. Similarly, two table spoons of tomato juice a day could save your lawn too (for the dog to eat, not the lawn!).

Water it all down and dilute the urine

Another way to rescue your lawn from dog urine would be to do the canine equivalent of flushing the toilet – simply pour lots of water over the urine after your dog has finished his business. This is dilutes the concentration of nitrogen in that area and gets rid of the brown spots. Of course that means you’ll have to keep an eye on your pooch until he is ready to go.

Dog Rocks can neutralise your dog’s urine

A third option is to place a rock in your dog’s water bowl. There is an Australian company producing something called ‘Dog Rocks’ and they are claiming it gets rid off ‘those nasty burn patches’. The company ‘Dog Rocks’ say the rocks you put in your dog’s water bowl contain mineralised rock which contains zeolite which helps neutralising the nitrogene in dogs urine. It should start to improve your lawn within four to five weeks and you need to replace the rock with a new one every 2-3 months.

Would be fun to hear if anyone else has any tips or ideas how to save our lawns from brown marks left by doggies?

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Linda Liebrand (author) from San Francisco on February 29, 2012:

These patches can be really stubborn and it takes time for the grass to recover! Keep trying and good luck! :-)

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Deborah on February 27, 2012:

We have recently tried the Australian Dog Rocks but the patches seem to be worse! they are a yellow colour now rather than brown, we are only 2 weeks in though, so perhaps they get worse before they get better. Will persevere with the rocks and then try the vinegar and tomato juice if there's no improvement.

iris harrison on September 04, 2011:

My dog drinks tea with milk,no sugar,every day,still have brown patches on lawn.

Linda Liebrand (author) from San Francisco on April 26, 2011:

That is so funny, perhaps your dog prefers honey and lemon with his tea? Or with milk the English way! :-)

Barbara Badder from USA on April 26, 2011:

I heard having your dog drink tea every morning. Only thing is my dog won't drink the tea.

Linda Liebrand (author) from San Francisco on April 26, 2011:

Thank you Susan - let me know how you get on with your lawn! :-)

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 26, 2011:

Thanks for writing this. I have two big dogs and at times my lawn looks terrible. Up and useful!

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