Dog Pee Killing Your Grass? The Solution

In my previous blog post, How to Build an Outdoor Dog Potty Area, I wrote step-by-step instructions (photos included) on the DIY home improvement project that saved my grass from urine burn.

Dog pee kills grass…period. There are all sorts of urine burn lawn repair products out there, but I don’t know any that really work.

I have four female retrievers. They produce large amounts of urine. There isn’t a product out there to help me. If I let them run in my backyard and do their business, their urine would take out my backyard lawn in one season. I had to come up with a plan.

Poop doesn’t kill grass. Urine does. So why not confine the damage to one area–an areas without grass. I made this dog potty area on the side of my house.

The outdoor dog potty built to save my grass from urine burn because my dogs pee kills the grass

How to Build an Outdoor Dog Potty

Word of Caution: If your dog is prone to eating inappropriate things like toys, rocks, bedding, etc. this project may not be for you unless you take the dog out on leash and correct the dog if it attempts to lower its head to eat the gravel. My dogs don’t have dog beds or crate mats because they eat them. However, this project worked for them because I keep them on leash when they use the area and they don’t have access to it at any other time. Remember, your dog relies on your supervision. Now on to the project.
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How to Build an Outdoor Dog Potty Area

Save Your Grass – Build a Dog Potty Areadog potty area

Are you tired of urine burned backyard grass? Do you wish you could train your dog to go potty in a designated area? Then this weekend, build yourself an outdoor dog potty area. It’s easy!

You will need:

  • 2 inch by 6 inch boards cut to size
  • fiberglass screen (found at hardware store) cut to size for two layers of stone
  • sand pebbles*
  • pea gravel
  • shovel
  • a good back (those bags of stone get heavy)

*NOTE: Many people have told me that sand pebbles have been hard to find. You can use other stones such as small river rock or lucky stones. The idea is to choose a larger rock than the size of your pea gravel for the base layer just to ensure a nice filtered drainage. The pea gravel top is there because it won’t hurt the dog’s paws like larger stones would yet still provide drainage.

Word of Caution: If your dog is prone to eating inappropriate things like toys, rocks, bedding, etc. this project may not be for you unless you take the dog out on leash and correct the dog if it attempts to lower its head to eat the gravel. My dogs don’t have dog beds or crate mats because they eat them. However, this project worked for them because I keep them on leash when they use the area and they don’t have access to it at any other time. Remember, your dog relies on your supervision. Now on to the project.
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