Dog, man’s best friend but certainly not a lawns’. With summer just beginning and your spring clean up beginning to show promising results, dog urine burn spots are a serious concern for many pet owners or some very unhappy neighbours.
Lawn burn is caused by the high levels of nitrogen in dog urine, so when our furry friends relieve themselves on grass it is like pouring concentrated nitrogen fertilizer on your lawn - ouch.
There is a lot of information on the interweb on how to handle this lawn problem – from pouring water over the area after your dog has urinated, changing their diet, to feeding your bestie supplements to decrease their nitrogen output. These are all viable options. Realistically most pet owners already understand, with great power comes great responsibility, mainly cleaning up after your dogs’ daily business.
But what about fixing and minimizing the long-term damage on your lawn – without harming your favourite poop machine with chemical fertilizers?
SoilPerfect RX VIE is a soil amendment that has shown great promise on burn spots, neutralizing the pH and creating an environment suitable for seed germination. It’s 100% safe for you, your family, your dog, and the environment.
Treat your dog spots with VIE (apply it liberally at a setting of 7-8 on your fertilizer spreader), add some seed and cover with ¼” of top soil. Give your lawn a good water, sit back and relax with your pup(s).
Try to keep your dog off the lawn while the seed germinates to give the new grass a chance to set down roots and make your lawn their forever home.
After enjoying the long summer days, when the leaves begin to turn, the days become cooler and you start your fall clean up, over-seed the dog spots again, and treat the areas with VIE if you think it is necessary.
But wait, the best news has yet to come!
We have found that our clients using SoilPerfect RX VIE have less damage from their dogs’ urine spots over the years. We are always happy to hear that our products are working effectively while keeping your pets, your family, and the environment safe.
More Questions? Contact our lawn and soil care experts to see how we can help!
| By Katie Penstone
EnviroPerfect Solutions is excited to add another voice to our blog, although you may find some similarities in her writing style to Susan’s blog. But we promise she comes by it naturally.
As the only child of EnviroPerfect owners and founders Tim & Susan, Katie has literally eaten, slept and breathed the EnviroPerfect “way” her whole life. So, despite her taking a completely different educational route than her parents’ suggestions, she has finally come full circle and combined her studies with her upbringing to find her passion – environmentalism and green economy.
Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from MacEwan University, Katie began her career path working with the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party and the Alberta Provincial Government, looking to make change from within, because she hoped it would be more effective than standing on the front lawn with a “Save the Planet” sign.
Katie was one of 10 bright individuals selected to participate in the 2014 Government of Alberta’s internship program, working in the Premier’s Offices of Communications and Correspondence, honing her skills to manage information, develop messaging and effectively communicate.
After the Alberta 2015 Provincial election shakeup, Katie received an offer to work for a successful business consulting firm in Saskatoon, SK, an opportunity she jumped at, excited about the prospect of learning more about business through practical experience. Working as Communications Manager for Morris Interactive, Katie was able to work with many different companies from many different sectors, both public and private, assisting clients in their communications, marketing, public relations, and other business needs.
Katie has now moved again, settling down in Ottawa, Ontario to follow her passion of environmental politics and the success of a green economy, hoping to be able to make a positive change in this great world of ours, or as newly elected French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron put it, “Make our planet great again”.
Stay tuned for Katie's first post, coming next week!
*If your a pet owner, you may find this one of interest!