Scoop That Poop: 3 Reasons Why Dog Waste Could Be Harming Your Yard (And You)!
For many folks, cleaning up after your dog (especially if they poop in your own yard) isn’t an immediate chore: it is your property after all. What’s the hurry? While most pick up after their dog immediately when in public (which you should always do), many don’t feel the same imposed obligation when it’s on their own property. You can do it later. Maybe some kind of animal will come eat it (gross). Or, mother nature will take its course and turn it into fertilizer. Simply put, these are all wrong. Very wrong.
By allowing your dog waste to rest in your yard for long periods of time, you are creating an environmental hazard for yourself, your family, and your home.
The truth is, dog waste does not provide any benefits to your yard. It contains several kinds of bacteria, can attract parasites, and ultimately get you and your family sick. Excessive dog waste and urine can kill parts of your yard, ruining it and causing you the financial and perhaps physical hardship of restoration and revival. Below we’ll break down some myths and help you gain insight on why it’s important to clean up after your pet or hire a service team to remove your dog waste.
A Natural Fertilizer? Think Again.
Contrary to popular belief, dog waste is absolutely not a fertilizer. For whatever reason, folks must think that dogs produce the same rich manure that cows do. That’s definitely not true. Think about the kinds of food your dog eats and what those would do for your yard. Whether it’s meat, hard food, or treats, do you honestly believe these will help your yard remain healthy?
Dog waste is different than cow manure partly due to the fact that canine diets are much different than that of your average cow. A cow diet is herbivorous for the most part, which contributes greatly to the uses of their manure. Their diets are high in nutrients that are beneficial to soil and plants. Dog diets, on the other hand, produce an excrement that is far more acidic than a cow’s. It’s a diet that is high in protein, and the end result contains plenty of bacteria that can attract all kinds of unwelcome visitors such as parasites or rats, many of which can affect you or your loved ones and create all kinds of illnesses and discomfort.
Believe it or not, a single gram of dog waste can contain up to 23 million fecal bacteria. That’s just one gram. Now imagine the amount of bacteria swarming through your yard after multiple waste deposits from your beloved pet. It’s a gross scene that is all too common for homeowners who neglect the necessary task of dog waste clean up. The unfortunate truth is that dogs can be hosts to plenty of bacteria and parasites that can be harmful to you and your family.
It’s also not uncommon for dog waste to infect waterways or vegetation.
It’s also worth noting that the bacteria can grow and spread, potentially causing sickness to children exposed to it. These conditions can produce worms, which can have harmful or life-threatening effects if one should come into contact with them or accidentally ingest a worm (as a child could). Many of these critters have fast reproduction cycles and some of them can even have long life cycles, meaning your child could come into contact with them throughout the year if the accumulating feces are left unattended.
TIP: Consider having a designated “poop” area for your dog. This can be located around your yard and be composed of gravel or mulch. You’ll have to train your dog to recognize this place as an area for going to do their business, but in the long run it’ll be beneficial for you and your yard.
Breaking Down The Doo Doo
Believe it or not, dog poop doesn’t just decompose. In fact, you may not see much decomposition for months given natural weather conditions. Dog waste will take a very long time to decompose, leaving your lawn and your health at risk. What’s more, dog waste acts as a fertilizer to some extent. Dog feces contain nitrogen, resulting in brown patches on lawns known as “burns”. In excess, it can cause permanent damage to your lawn. Not to mention, you’ll be riddled with waste and foul odors that will generally leave your yard feeling less welcoming and more rancid than you’d like.
Get To Scooping That Poop
Give your yard the attention it deserves. If you do not have the adequate time to sufficiently and effectively maintain your yard poop-free, we’ll gladly do it for you. Have Doggie We’ll Doo have been helping the folks of Chicago and the northern suburbs clean up after their dogs for nearly 30 years. We work with residential homes as well as businesses and even park districts. Don’t let your animal’s waste kill your yard. Instead, hire professionals to do the dirty work for you.
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