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Ranjiv from Dublin
Even more important are the health risks. Dog feces attracts breeding flies, which transmit disease. Feces can also be a vector for transmitting certain diseases between dogs and people (Salmonella, Campylobacter, Roundworms and Hookworms). This is especially true of children, which are much less likely to wash their hands after playing in the yard. The eggs of roundworms, for example, are passed in the feces of dogs and can survive in the soil for many years-regardless of disinfectants or weather extremes. If the eggs are accidentally ingested, the worms can cause serious neurological, pulmonary and vision problems in the body. This is why many municipalities require owners to clean up after their dogs in public parks and why you should never add animal waste to your compost.
It will make it greener. The urine is what hurts it. But you can buy neutralizers for the urine. I have 3 dogs so I just designate the back yard as theirs & I don't worry about it. I made the decision that them being able to do what they want, within reason, was more important than grass. We do take care of it but I don't worry about it being perfect. They also have a few holes under the deck where it's cool for them to lie in when they're outside.
too much of anything is bad for your grass. you don't say how big your yard is. or your dog! manure can be hot until it breaks down. it can cause brown spots in the grass if there is too much all at once. do you water your lawn? if you do the manure and urine should break down fast enough that it won't do harm.
Yes it is.Go to Google and type in dog stools and lawns.
Rather than send this suggestion directly to the editors, I'm placing it here where everyone can see it. I hope to get agreement from other members.
This is an excellent article. If it doesn't put the fear of Fido feces in you, nothing will. (Thank you, Ellen. Great job).
My suggestion: I see by the date of a guest post, this article goes back to 2006. This is my first time to see it. As urgent as this matter is, particularly from a health issues standpoint, I do hope the article will be re posted at least once a year.
I agree that for thousands of years, dogs and cats have been wild and pets. Humans have lived here on earth with them! During all of that time, dogs have lived inside houses and all mankind have considered them pets to have around them. All of our ancestors survived. But now all of a sudden they are a problem?
We've lived in our home for 3 years now. We had a 20x40ft dog run, recently reduced to a 10x40ft run. After this last winter and now that the snow has melted, we have quite the mess of dirt and poop sludge. Yuck! What do I have to do to replant and bring some grass back to that area? Will grass even grow after all that poop? If so, what should I plant?
Poop is fertilizer. I would get a piece of sod and be done with it.
It may be difficult, but I would give sod a try. It is always a challenge to keep grass in a dog run. It depends on how many dogs and how active they are. Good luck.
Dog poop is not fertizler. It's bad for your grass. Do research for yourself and see what the I'll effects are.