Joan: Help! My husband and I own a house on a corner
lot. We are very proud of our lawn and front garden, and
we spend a lot of time and money keeping it looking
problem is that a lot of people walk their dogs in front
of the house and around the corner, and they let their
dogs pee all over the yard. Most people pick up the poop
when they let the dogs go on the lawn, but what do you
do about the pee? Thereís no way to pick that up.
dogs, but we love our lawn, too. I know a lot of people
have taken out their lawns and put in rocks and dirt,
but we like having a green lawn in front of our home, so
donít tell me to take it out.
dogsí urine is creating burns in our grass, and
weíve had to reseed several areas. When I see someone
walking their dog, Iíll shout at them, in a nice way,
to stay off our grass, but I canít be out there all
the time, day and night.
have any suggestions for stopping the dogs from peeing
on our lawn and for fixing the burned areas? We donít
even know most of the people walking by.
Lover: First of all, responsible pet owners do not let
their dogs do their business on other peopleís lawns
and yards, so that needs to stop.
secondly, I would never try to force you to rip out your
lawn. Lawns use a lot of water, but they also give back
to the environment by absorbing carbon monoxide,
filtering pollutants and keeping high temperatures down.
They are not for everyone, but like everything in
nature, we need balance; a mix of lawns and no lawns.
not likely youíll be able to stop people from letting
their dogs urinate on your grass, even by shouting at
them nicely. You can ask the people you know to curb
their dogs, but thereís no way to control them or the
strangers that pass by.
barring building a wall around your lawn, you can look
at certain deterrents.
activated sprinklers might work, but it depends on how
squeamish the dog and its owner are. The sprinklers are
only effective if the dog comes far enough onto your
property to trigger them. You donít want to set them
too close to the perimeter of your property or youíll
be soaking innocent passersby ó and using a lot of
an assortment of commercial products that promise to
deter dogs. They can get expensive, as youíll likely
have to apply and reapply the product many times. They
also arenít foolproof, but it might be worth a try as
theyíll probably cut down on some of the problem.
with urine is that it is very high in nitrogen, which is
an excellent fertilizer when used in moderation. Because
the nitrogen is so concentrated, instead of nourishing
the lawn, it kills it. Dogs also tend to go where other
dogs already have gone, which magnifies the problem.
the spots as soon as you see them to help dilute the
nitrogen. You also should avoid fertilizing those areas
to avoid an overload of nitrogen.
can find lawn repair products on the market ó Dogonit
Lawn Repair Treatment and See Spot Run Dog Urine Grass
Saver, to name two. These help neutralize the nitrogen
and remove salts.
your best bets.