Last updated on November 19th, 2020 at 12:14 pm
Dog urine is one of the leading causes of brown patches on your lawn.
The urine contains high levels of nitrogen, and when the dog urinates in the same area for a long time, grass burns, and you end up with a brown lawn.
As mentioned in this article, one way of fixing the brown spots is to use Dogonit lawn repair treatment product.
What you will learn
What is Dogonit lawn repair treatment?
This is a preventative treatment for urine burns. It contains enzymes, plant acids, and saponins. Dogonit works by flushing the nitrogen salts from the grassroots and stimulates root growth.
It does this by loosening the compacted soil and letting in air, water, and plant nutrients.
What Dogonit Isn’t
Dogonit isn’t a cure for already burned grass. If your grass has already died, you have to plant new seeds.
How to use Dogonit lawn repair treatment
Using the treatment is easy. Spray the treatment to each burn spot, then flush with water to get the treatment as deep into the soil as possible.
For best results, apply the first treatment as soon as the dog pees.
Can you dilute dog urine with water?
Yes, you can do it. A study by Dr. A.W Allard showed that if you soak a patch of urine within 8 hours using three times the urine volume, the nitrogen in the urine spot will act as a fertilizer.
After 8 hours, the spot will begin to burn, and if you don’t water the spot within 12 hours, the lawn will worsen.
While water is effective, it’s not sufficient to soak all the nitrogen salts, so use the water together with Dogonit.
What if the grass is already dead?
As mentioned above, if the brown grass is already dead, you have no way out other than to plant a new one.
Begin with removing the salts from the affected spots. Remember, no grass seed will grow in an area with high nitrogen salts.
The soil stopper is gypsum-based and takes the damaging nitrogen salts from the grassroots and shoots them into the soil.
After doing this, take the grass seeds and make a grass seed sandwich.
To do this, sprinkle the first layer of soil on the ground to give your grass seed a base.
Follow up by applying grass seed, then complete your sandwich by applying another layer of soil. For best results, add compost that will add nutrients to the soil, so your grass grows healthy.
Do some light watering to provide the soil with some moisture and, at the same time, ensure the grass seed is nicely embedded into the soil, so birds don’t feed on it or is blown away by the wind.
For the grass to germinate, give it a light sprinkle every day until it germinates. You can fertilize your grass as you are planting but use a middle number fertilizer.
Avoid fertilizer with a high first number as it might burn your grass.
One of the best fertilizers you can use is the Scotts Turf starter. Its slow release and will last for a long time, so you won’t have to re-fertilize your lawn once the grass germinates.
Keep the dog out of your lawn.
The easiest way to prevent brown spots on your lawn is to keep your dog out of your yard.
If you can’t completely keep him out, at least ensure the dog doesn’t urinate on your yard the first thing in the morning as the urine at this time tends to contain the highest amounts of nitrogen.
The dog can urinate on the grass during the day after he has taken water as the urine is diluted, hence less likely to hurt your lawn.