Dog urine spots on common St Augustine

PKponder TX(7b)August 15, 2013

I searched the forum but didn't find a treatment, just a lot of discourse about whether mystery spots were caused by a dog. We have a new dog and I am seeing a lot of lawn die off in the area where he goes and I'm pretty sure these spots are from his urine. What can I spray (organic preferred) that can help neutralize the urine?

He pees like a girl :-) and for a long time (the first day he was here he peed in the laundry room and there was so much, I thought we had a water leak, he pees a lot at one time). He doesn't seem to interested in marking like our previous male dogs, he just has his areas where he goes.

If it's relevant, I live just north of Fort Worth, TX.

I appreciate any suggestions aside from getting rid of my dog :-)


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PKponder TX(7b)

I tried just searching Google and read about white sugar and compost. I have both so, problem solved.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 3:37PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Yes, it has been so long since we talked about dog spots here that they must have fallen off the list. A heaping handful of table sugar usually brings back the grass. The problem is not the dog and not the grass. The problem is the soil health. Sugar brings up the population of bacteria needed to process the urine. If you can apply organic fertilizer once per year, any time you want, the soil health will improve and the rest of your lawn care work should come together better. More frequent apps will help more. One app of alfalfa pellets (rabbit sized) at 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet will help a lot. After you put them down you should moisten them but not necessarily wash them away. The next day they will swell up and look like worms. Then you can use a push broom to settle them down into the turf. Dragging a hose across the lawn does the same thing as the broom.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 4:48PM
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