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PostSubject: Lawn Burns   Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:44 pm

Not too long ago a friend of mine asked be about lawn burns thought to write up a summary of a very good article I found on peteducation here: http://peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2095&aid=1493

Lawns burn because a dog's urine is high in nitrogen and while plants need a little of it (such as in fertilizer) too much can definitely be a bad thing.

The first part of treat lawn burn is making sure that its your dog and not a pest infestation or someone elses dog.

Once that is done here are few things you can do to minimize lawn burn:

-Pour a couple cups of water onto the spot where the dog urinates. Many dogs have specific spots to go potty so this shouldn't be too hard.

-Feed high quality food that doesn't exceed the dog's protein requirement, too much protein or less digestible food adds more nitrogenous waste to the dog's urine.

-Encourage your dog to drink more water to help dilute the urine.

-If possible replace the grass with more urine resistant grass such as perennial ryegrasses and fescues, Kentuky Bluegrass and Bermuda seem to be the less resistant.

-Reduce stress on the lawn by not over or under fertilizing it and by watering it frequently.

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:24 pm

Good info, I use the first method ... I alsway have a 5 gal bucket of water in the yard to delute.

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:41 pm

Betterdog4u wrote:
Good info, I use the first method ... I alsway have a 5 gal bucket of water in the yard to delute.

Its probably the most common prevention method I've heard...I don't have a lawn so no worries here! (yet)

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:53 pm

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Its probably the most common prevention method I've heard...I don't have a lawn so no worries here! (yet)

I have almost 1/2 acre ... Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:34 pm

Betterdog4u wrote:
Steven_L wrote:

Its probably the most common prevention method I've heard...I don't have a lawn so no worries here! (yet)

I have almost 1/2 acre ... Shocked

Oh wow! affraid But are potty areas in one spot or is it everywhere? I think that if a pooch has a specific potty area it shouldn't be too hard to water that spot to make sure there is no lawn burns but if its just random...that I can see as being a problem. Watering too often might be something others might not be able to do either because of water restrictions (like here in so cal).

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:31 pm

Steven_L wrote:
Oh wow! affraid But are potty areas in one spot or is it everywhere? I think that if a pooch has a specific potty area it shouldn't be too hard to water that spot to make sure there is no lawn burns but if its just random...that I can see as being a problem. Watering too often might be something others might not be able to do either because of water restrictions (like here in so cal).
Im trying to get them to use the area back by the creek. (If you see some of the videos, it it the area in the background, by tha trees). It is an area about 20 ft square. In the past they have used the whole back yard.

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:51 pm

very interesting..i'll have to keep this in mind when i have my own lawn some day, lol
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:58 pm

Use Peletized Lime, it reduces the alkeline in the soil. Water, Lime, Water then put resistant seed. Use organic fertilizers always. Sorry not preaching, just my "business" lol
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:25 pm

turfgirl wrote:
Use Peletized Lime, it reduces the alkeline in the soil. Water, Lime, Water then put resistant seed. Use organic fertilizers always. Sorry not preaching, just my "business" lol

No no, definitely not preaching, we all know you really do know your stuff when it comes to turf and how to keep them healthy! Definitely good tips to keep handy, if you got any more don't be afraid to put them out here Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:19 pm

Me afraid lol. Just don't want people to think I am a "know it all" don't you just hate them lol Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:11 pm

turfgirl wrote:
Me afraid lol. Just don't want people to think I am a "know it all" don't you just hate them lol Razz
Like I always say, "when youre good, youre good" !!! ROFL j/k We all know that you are the lawn guru so you will never come off as a Know It All. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:39 am

And you my friend are the chef!!!!!!!!!! Come to think of it we prob have people who know tons about alot of different things mine just happens to be grass , oops sorry "lawns" ROFL
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:34 am

turfgirl wrote:
we prob have people who know tons about alot of different things mine just happens to be grass , oops sorry "lawns" ROFL
Good one!!! SO, Is your really name "Mary Jane"??? ROFL

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Fri May 28, 2010 10:07 pm

My lawn is in such sad shape that I doubt I would notice a burn. It just does not want to grow. Weeds are doing great though.
Ah well, less mowing.
Turfgirl, I have a question if you would not mind? I have a major dandelion problem here. I do not want to use chemicals, I have a goldfish pond and there are lots of animals in my yard any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:23 am

Thank you for the info! I really thought that the more urine in your plants, the healthier they get.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Burns   Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:37 pm

AnnSmith wrote:
Thank you for the info! I really thought that the more urine in your plants, the healthier they get.

Oh no no no, I think you are thinking about nitrogen not urine Razz

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