Pet-friendly rental homes are a growing segment of the Owasso single-family rental home market. Since a lot of renters are also pet owners, many property owners now allow them under certain conditions. Most pet-friendly rentals include a lawn that is designed with a pet’s safety in mind. But, other pets may see the lawn as a waste area, causing brown spots in different areas. To keep pet urine spots from ruining your rental home’s lawn, consider these strategies by lawn care experts.
Dog urine has a lot of nitrogen, which is what causes grass to turn brown. In small amounts, nitrogen is good for your lawn. Too much nitrogen concentrated in the same areas will lead to brown patches — evidence that nitrogen is killing the grass. Hence, any spots that your dog usually goes to for urinating, try to avoid putting nitrogen-rich fertilizer. You might be damaging the lawn more with your fertilizer if it has nitrogen in it, so be careful to either choose a nitrogen-free fertilizer or don’t apply fertilizer to the pet urine spots.
Another simple strategy is to rinse the lawn after your dog urinates on it. If your dog constantly urinates in the same place, this will be much easier. Be that as it may, spraying the lawn with water will help dilute the urine and prevent it from burning the grass.
Some dog owners have also found another approach to keeping their lawns healthy and green. That is, encouraging their pets to drink more water or giving them supplements designed to neutralize the nitrogen in their urine. So that your dog’s urine is diluted and not concentrated with nitrogen, you can give them more water to drink. Be careful, though, as making dogs drink too much water could cause health problems for them. The alternative is to try pet-safe supplements designed to help minimize the damage to your lawn. Dietary supplements like these are said to bind with the nitrogen in your dog’s urine, making it less harmful to grass.
To conclude, some pet owners have protected their rental home’s lawn from pet urine spots by training their dog to urinate in other areas. Look for areas in the yard without grass, and train your dog to urinate there. This makes for a very sensible method, especially if your dog is receptive to consistent training. Also, consider using fencing or a urine-resistant ground cover to create a dog-friendly place for them to pee. A small patch of clover, pea gravel, or even mulch could be what stops your dog from damaging a healthy, green lawn.
Good lawn maintenance can encourage a healthy lawn resistant to brown spots. But sometimes even careful tending and daily watering aren’t enough to prevent them. By applying any of these simple strategies, you can keep your pet-friendly rental home and lawn healthy and well-maintained. If you need help managing your pet-friendly rental or finding tenants, contact us online or call us at 918-532-7020 for a consultation.
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