Pet-friendly rental homes are a growing segment of the Broadmoor 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. There are some pets, though, that often use the lawn as their waste area, causing multiple spots on the lawn to turn brown. So that pet urine spots don’t spoil your rental home’s lawn, try one or more strategies recommended by lawn care experts.
Nitrogen is what causes grass to turn brown. Dog urine contains high amounts of nitrogen. In small amounts, nitrogen is good for your lawn. What will kill the grass, though, is too much nitrogen — this is what results in brown patches. 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. This is relatively easy to do, especially if your dog urinates in the same place every time. Nonetheless, spraying the lawn with water will help dilute the urine and prevent it from burning the grass.
Wanting to preserve their green lawns, dog owners have found that they can achieve this by encouraging their pets to drink more water or by giving them supplements designed to neutralize the nitrogen in their urine. The rationale behind the first idea is to dilute your dog’s urine by giving them more water. While this works with some dogs, be careful that you don’t make your dog sick by making them drink too much water. 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.
And last but not the least, multiple pet owners have protected their rental home’s lawn from pet urine spots by training their dog to urinate in other areas. What you could do is to train your dog to urinate in parts of the yard that don’t have grass. This is a feasible option, especially if your dog is receptive to consistent training. Other options could include 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 prohibit 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 719-471-7368 for a consultation.
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