Pet-friendly rental homes are, as a matter of fact, a growing segment of the Palatine single-family rental home market. Many renters want or already have a pet, which has already prompted many property owners to allow them under certain conditions. Most pet-friendly rentals have a lawn that is designed with a pet’s safety in mind. But some pets, like dogs, may use that lawn as a waste area, which might create unsightly brown spots in an otherwise healthy expanse of green. For this reason, to help prevent pet urine spots from spoiling your rental home’s lawn, employ one or some of these strategies recommended by lawn care experts.
The reason that dog urine causes grass to turn brown is that it holds a lot of nitrogen. In small amounts, nitrogen is good for your lawn. However, too much in one spot might kill the grass, resulting in brown patches in the yard. Supposing your dog tends to urinate in the same places every time, one thing you may do is avoid putting nitrogen-rich fertilizer in those areas. You would be damaging the lawn more with your fertilizer if it has nitrogen in it, so be attentive to either choose a nitrogen-free fertilizer or don’t apply fertilizer to the pet urine spots.
A particular simple strategy is to rinse the lawn as soon as your dog urinates on it. This is far easier if ever your dog tends to go to the same places all the time. But if that is not your circumstance, spraying the lawn with water can help dilute the urine and prevent it from burning the grass.
By the same token, some dog owners have found success by encouraging their pets to drink more water or by giving them supplements designed to neutralize the nitrogen in their urine. The reason behind the first approach is to dilute your dog’s urine by giving them more water. Even though this may be effective with quite a lot of dogs, it’s likewise important not to give your dog too much water, or they could become ill. The alternative is to try pet-safe supplements designed to help minimize the damage to your lawn. Dietary supplements like these are thought to bind with the nitrogen in your dog’s urine, making it less harmful to the grass.
Ultimately, many pet owners have protected their rental home’s lawn from pet urine spots by training their dog to urinate in other areas. Supposing there are places in the yard that do not have grass, you may train your dog to urinate there. This approach makes sense when your dog is receptive to consistent training. You could, moreover, use 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 you need to keep your dog from damaging a healthy, green lawn.
Good lawn maintenance can truly encourage a healthy lawn resistant to brown spots. Though, every so often, even careful tending and daily watering are just not enough to prevent them. By certainly making use of one or a few of the top strategies in this article, you will keep your pet-friendly rental home and lawn in great condition. If you need help managing your pet-friendly rental or finding tenants, contact us today at 847-892-4040 for a consultation.
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