Now that your dog is fully potty trained, it’s ready to go outside and start doing its business. The biggest problem is that they tend to urine everywhere and that can damage outside plants including the ones in your garden. So the biggest question is how to save plants from dog urine damage?
Let’s start with the basics.
Why does dog urine damage plants?
There are three reasons a dog’s urine burns grass: an alkaline pH, concentrated (vs. dilute) urine, and nitrogen load. The most important factor of the three is urine pH. Think of the dog’s urine as bleach, dog urine has a high volume of nitrogen. This can burn any type of plants including grass.
The concentration of dog urine is so high that it can act as poison to the plants and plants can literally die within a few days due to the burn.
There’s something that you need to take note of though. Nitrogen itself isn’t “dangerous”, it’s the concentration in the dog’s urine that makes it dangerous and causes it to burn plants.
How to save plants from dog urine damage?
Alright, now that you know why dog urine can damage your plants, let’s talk about some ways you can actually save plants from getting damaged by dog urine. There are a few things that I will be covering in the following sections.
Use a destinated dog urine area
Some parks have destinated areas for your dog to urine. Now, I know this might seem very difficult to do at first especially when if you’ve just finished potty training your dog, but it’s a good additional training to bring your dog to a specific area before he urines. A good tip would be to try and also bring your dog back to the same spot everyday, so he knows where he can urine.
Protect your plants
Another good way is by purchasing a fence to protect your backyard or lawn’s plants. If you feel that this might be too “harsh” on your dog, then you can always level up your plants to a position where your dog cannot reach it. That way it won’t urine on the plants.
This all boils down to training as well. Train your dog to pee in a pot in the dog house rather than all over the lawn or garden.
Keep your dog’s PH in balance
I recommend buying pH strips from your vet or at the local drug store to check your pet’s urine pH at home so you know when it’s in or outside the desired range. In the morning prior to feeding your dog is when you should collect the urine sample. You can either hold the pH tape in the stream of urine while your dog is voiding, or you can catch a urine sample in a container and dip the tape into the sample to check the pH.
Make sure that the PH is no higher than 7.
What happens if my dog had to urine and urined on grass?
You know the saying, “you gotta go when you gotta go.” Sometimes, it’s unpreventable and your dog will urine on plants. The best solution is by diluting it. If this happened in your lawn or backyard, use a garden hose and wash it away. The tip here is to never wait too long because it only takes a few days for the grass to absorb all that acid and die off. Spray it right away and make sure the urine goes away.
If you’re out at a park, then pour some water over it from the water bottles that you may have with you or use a local fountain to fill up some water in a bottle and pour it over the plants.
It’s always wise to have preperation in place just incase your dog does urine on plants. We want to keep Earth nice and clean, so try to prevent this from happening, but if it does happen, just make sure you have some water around to dilute the urine.