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Tuesday January 22 , 2019

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How to deal with dog urine on your lawn

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Some of our customers have dogs and they often ask us how they can avoid those dead patches that show up on their lawn after their dog has urinated.  Bitches create more damage as they tend to use the same spot over and over again, where as dogs tend to mark many spots.  So, we did some research and found some fairly routine solutions and some, well not quite so routine ... let's just call them a little bit different that work for some people.  See what you think....

  • Spray the affected area with lots of water as soon as possible to neutralise the urine.
  • Encourage your dog to urinate in a designated area of the garden.
  • You can try giving your dog 'Lawn Guard' or 'Green Ums' as both are classed as treats and are supposed to also neutralise the urine.
  • Try adding tomato juice to dog food

Blue Daisy cannot vouch for any of these solutions and cannot give an exact quantity of food/juice.  We recommend that you ask your Vet or do further research if this is a problem for you.  We have a dog and were having the dead patch problem so we decided to remove our lawn completely and use bark as a path and a run for our dog and it seems to work (it's also given us lots more planting space too - always a good thing!).  Lots more plants created another problem though because the trusty hound then decided to aim at the plants which can sometimes leave us with some rather sickly looking specimens, we do the 'flush the affected area with water' treatment but let's face it, we can't possibly watch his every move! Our next mission therefore is to build raised beds just high enough that he can't aim into them!  We'll keep you posted on the success of that.

If you've had success with a particular product or method do let us know - we'd love to hear your solution!

 

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Nicki Jackson is Blue Daisy's garden designer & owner. A former HR consultant Nicki still finds the time to run Blue Daisy, design gardens and planting plans, write a blog, keep our gardening clients happy and offer IIP advice and outplacement support through Blue Daisy Consultancy.

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