Pet-friendly rental homes are a growing segment of the Bellingham single-family rental home market. Because many renters have pets, many property owners have also come to 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.
What causes grass to turn brown is nitrogen — something that is abundant in dog urine. In small amounts, nitrogen is good for your lawn. Too much, though, will kill the grass, leading to brown patches. Avoid putting nitrogen-rich fertilizer in areas where your dog constantly urinates. 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. It’s more convenient if your dog urinates in the same place. Nonetheless, spraying the lawn with water will help dilute the urine and prevent it from burning the grass.
A few dog owners have also found that by encouraging their pets to drink more water or by giving them supplements designed to neutralize the nitrogen in their urine, they can avoid those nasty brown spots of dead grass. The rationale behind the first idea is to dilute your dog’s urine by giving them more water. This, however, doesn’t work on all dogs, as too much water could prove harmful to most pets. 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.
Lastly, a lot of pet owners have protected their rental home’s lawn from pet urine spots by training their dog to urinate in other areas. Specifically, in areas of the yard that do not have grass — that’s where you can train your dog to urinate. This makes for a very sensible method, 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 be all it takes to prevent 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. Use any of these strategies to ensure that your pet-friendly rental home and lawn are kept in excellent shape. If you need help managing your pet-friendly rental or finding tenants, contact us online or call us at 206-861-5525 for a consultation.
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