Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
I know there has been a discussion on this before, but the search function doesn't seem to be working right now. And disclaimer, this is totally unimportant. Just something I was thinking about while sitting on the couch.
Maggie is destroying the grass! I'm not a big yard person. I don't do anything but mow, I don't use any chemicals at all and probably a good 35% of the yard is clover. But with all the dogs I've had I haven't seen this. She leaves these, probably 6" round spots of dead grass all over. I would blame it on her size, but Ava was bigger than her and that never happened. Is it because Maggie eats a higher protein dog food? I don't care enough to try to fix it, but I just look at them and think, huh. It's like tiny little crop circles all over my yard.
In addition, her urine smells so strong. Just of pee but really strongly of pee. Medically she's fine. She had a urinalysis a few months ago and she's totally healthy. I just wondered if those two things are linked to one another and then caused by the high protein dog food she eats. I know it's good dog food, but holy pee smell batman!
That's a good thing, lol.
It's especially bad when the grass is wet, it gets pulled out by the roots very easily. :(
I'm sad for you about your grass! My brother has a degree in growing grass (for real - golf course management) I know if I wanted to put some money in - and probably keep the dogs off of it, he could make my yard beautiful. But I'm so afraid of chemicals. He keeps saying that it's safe after it dries, but I want to know if it's safe for eating after it dries. The dogs graze. I guess we could make the front beautiful, but I just don't care that much.
I bet your brother has a beautiful yard, unless he is over it by the time he gets home from work. We used to live in an upscale subdivision where the HOA ruled. You had to keep a beautifully manicured front yard and if you lived along the greenbelt like we did, you had to keep the backyard beautiful as well. A lot of time and money spent on a yard. A lot of the neighbors had gardeners as they just didn't have the time it took to maintain it themselves. Never again, we finally retired and moved away, now we mow and that about it on the grass. If Annabelle turned the grass yellow, it would have to become part of the landscaping.
This is the first year we don't have any pee spots in the lawn and I think it's because we've had so much rain. Nature is hosing it away. The grass has been thicker and longer because we've had weeks where we couldn't mow because the ground was so wet. The mud is a whole different issue :( Finn has eaten foods with different protein levels over the yers and that has had no effect on the burn spots.
Luna never peed more than 3-4 times a day when she was healthy... so when she did there was a LOT of urine and it was concentrated. She never marked on walks. Instant burn marks anywhere she peed :p
Like Karen said above I think the only way to prevent it from killing the grass is to spray it down immediately with the hose.
I just seeded the dead spots in the Spring and we don't keep the grass super short so it's not as obvious.