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PETS/ANIMALS

Pets and other wild animals often found in gardens can cause many problems whether due to scorching through urination or foraging for food.

Dogs are often the worst culprits when it comes to scorching the lawn through the urea in their urine with bitches often causing more damage than dogs. The urea has a high nitrogen content which is generally a good fertiliser – unfortunately this is often at too high a level in the urine and will then kill the grass. There are products on the market that will claim to reduce the urea content and therefore protect the lawn from scorch that come in tablet, liquid or rock format but in our opinion there is no single product that will give guaranteed success. If you have a visiting or stray dog urinate on your lawn the only effective solution is to flush the affected area with a generous volume of water as quickly as possible before the urea takes effect.

Foxes, badgers, squirrels, rabbits, birds and other wild animals can also cause damage to the lawn. Sometimes this may be caused by predation on grubs such as leatherjackets or chafer grubs in the lawn in which case the solution is as for the treatment of these as explained elsewhere. If the problem is not caused by the presence of these but more by natural behaviour eg squirrels storing nuts in the lawn, rabbits scraping or badgers searching for earthworms or tubers/roots then professional help may be needed if the problem becomes a serious one.

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