Who would have imagined the solution to stopping your dog ruining your lawn would lie in tea or rocks? But these are no ordinary rocks and this is no everyday tea…
Twelve months ago we dug up our lawn, added a new layer of top soil and rolled out some freshly delivered turf. We watered the grass till it took then hoped it would stay looking pristine and green. But it was all to no avail. Our dog, Roma, saw it off in a matter of weeks, leaving us back where we started with a scorched, balding eyesore where once there was a lawn.
We considered, and even tried, a number of suggestions to prevent this happening:
- Dilute immediately – in other words follow your dog around with a watering can. It works, but our discipline waned late at night and during the cold winter months.
- Train your dog to do her business in one place – never tried, although we are aware this is an important aspect of training guide dogs for the blind, so it is probably one of the most effective solutions.
- Add tomato juice to your dog’s feed – when do you ever have tomato juice on tap? Nor are we big fans of Bloody Marys.
- Keep your lawn healthy by feeding in spring and autumn and watering regularly – yep, tried this one, but there’s little point continuing when the grass is already dead.
Then last weekend we visited some friends. One of the first things we noticed was their lovely green lawn. How could this be? The last time we visited their Labrador Retriever, Milly, had transformed it into a parched landscape, just like our lawn. At the very least we expected scorch marks! Then we discovered their solution…
Dog Rocks are made from naturally occurring paramagnetic igneous rock. When placed in your dog’s water bowl they filter out impurities from the water, including tin, ammonia and nitrates. It is these impurities that burn your grass when passed out through your dog’s urine.
Dog Rocks recommends replacement every two months and says they should be placed in your dog’s main source of drinking water.
Dog Rocks’ distributor says they cannot bring back dead grass. Rake off any burned patches, water well and apply a patching treatment, such as MiracleGro’s Patch Magic, which is available in both the UK and the USA. After application, try to keep your dog off the lawn until the new grass has become well established. The same applies for newly laid lawns.
While researching Dog Rocks, we came across another solution – dog tea!
Woof & Brew Ha-Pee Lawns
Yes, you read that right – dog tea. Ha-pee Lawns creator Woof & Brew is fully aware that caffeine is poisonous to dogs. Instead, Ha-pee Lawns contains a blend of loose-leaf herbs plus golden rod, yucca root and tomato flakes. Woof & Brew says the blend is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that provide nutritionally balanced health benefits.
According to Woof & Brew’s own research, based on controlled tests, 80% of dog owners saw an improvement within three weeks. Some 73% of those poured the brew over their dog’s feed, while the rest served it in a water bowl. Woof & Brew recommends your dog always has an alternative water supply – not all humans are tea lovers and, we guess, the same goes for dogs.
Woof & Brew Ha-Pee Lawns is available from Amazon.co.uk, priced at £10.09 for 28 bags.
We need to dig up and re-lay our lawn again, as there is no chance what little grass we have left will make a full recovery. Only then will we be able to put these new treatments to the test. In the meantime, we would be interested to hear from anyone who has tried them, successful or not. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.