Dog poop is different when compared to other types of feces. This includes our own. For one thing, dog waste has never been considered a very useful or effective type of fertilizer. In addition, the high protein diet that a dog takes in on a day-to-day basis makes it very acidic and difficult for plants to break down.
This can cause a chemical reaction known as acidosis, which robs plants of the necessary nutrients needed to thrive.
I have kept dogs and cats for many years, so I know that most pet owners do not want their animals doing the “deed” in their own backyards. This is especially true when you live in an area where lawns are a sign of success.
You want to get that job done without your dog making one last deposit in the backyard before you take them for a walk.
There are dog foods for less poop that results in less poop, you can move to that food to deal with the excessively pooping dogs.
What can I do with the droppings?
If you have ever had to clean up after your furry little pal, you may not be too keen on composting the droppings or using them as a fertilizer because they have not been proven very effective.
However, if you are an avid gardener and/or do not mind composting waste at home, there is always this option. Or, you may want to purchase healthy organic dog poo from a local pet store.
Some towns have made it mandatory that pet owners pick up after their animals to clean up the area and sidewalks. If this is one of those areas, you can take those droppings along in a plastic bag and dispose of them or toss them into the trash.
If you do choose to compost your dog’s waste, however, there are some things that you need to take into consideration first.
Designate an area for your dog to do their business, and try not to let him go in other areas of your yard. This makes it easier to clean up and prevents the mess from being moved around by other animals, lawnmowers, or sprinklers.
Some people may be concerned that composting dog waste will lead to contamination of their soil. As long as you make sure that any bacteria or viruses in the dog waste are “killed off,” there should not be a problem with doing this.
If your dog has worms, it’s best to keep the droppings separate from your compost pile and use them on your lawn instead.
You also can get an automatic pooper scooper to clean quickly and without touching or smelling the poop.
Is Dog Poop Acidic and Can Hurt Plants?
Yes, dog waste can be acidic when it comes into contact with your plants. It has been said that “when we take in more protein than our bodies can use, the excess is converted into ammonia, which becomes highly toxic and becomes a powerful acid if not detoxified by the liver and kidneys. This is why many dogs with kidney disease become acidotic, and their urine becomes highly acidic.”
Even if your dog’s diet is not that high in protein, the waste will still be acidic because of the naturally occurring bacteria contained there.
The best thing to do is avoid letting it get into contact with your plants by picking up after your dog. If you are composting, make sure it is outside, away from your garden area, and keep it well-shaded.
If you live in an area where pet waste is not allowed to be picked up by local services, there are mess kits that allow you to clean up any unwanted droppings rather than leaving them for someone else to deal with.
One tip I can give you, though, is that if the bags need to breathe, make sure they do so before closing them since moisture will build up inside and may cause mold or mildew and other issues later on down the line. The last thing anyone wants is a smelly bag of poop in their closet!
And remember, never flush it down the toilet! You could potentially cause a “flood” as well as an expensive backup in your home.
Of course, you could always just let the dog do his business on the lawn and avoid having to pick up after him altogether!
However, if you have children or play with your pet in the backyard, it may be worth considering this option.
Will The Acid In Dog Poop Hurt My Grass?
The last line is my favorite! As stated above, if it’s not worth composting due to lack of nutrients or whatever other problem people think they might have in doing so, then why not apply it directly to the grass?
Again, it’s free fertilizer that requires no effort whatsoever on our part other than getting rid of it responsibly. So let your dogs poop carefully where only they can reach it without stepping in it, and then walk on the lawn to make sure you’ve covered up every piece of poop.
“Keeping them away from plants is easier said than done.” Actually, that’s completely untrue. It’s not hard at all to pick a location for your dog to take care of business where you won’t step in it, nor will he track it into the house.
There are poop mats available that fit under the legs of whatever chair or couch he usually sits/lays on while inside, so his droppings slide right off onto the mat before they touch anything else in your home.
Use these mats outside if your yard isn’t fenced in and you don’t have an enclosed area for him to do his thing.
That’s an option too, but again it doesn’t make any sense to compost his waste if you can just spread it on the grass.
Either way, there’s no reason not to compost it or use it directly on your lawn instead of leaving it in bags outside where animals can break them open and spill them everywhere, or somebody else will step in it and track the mess all over your house before you’ve even had a chance to deal with it.
How Much Dog Poop Would You Need To Add To Soil To Make The Soil More Acidic??
The amount of “acidic poop” needed to cause harm to your plants and grass depends on the pH level you’re currently trying to achieve, not whether or not it’s dog waste. I actually timed it out several years ago when I was having a little too much crabgrass in my yard and wanted to lower the pH levels.
It took just over one cup of dried hen feces from our roosters for every 2 square feet of lawn space. Keep in mind that this will change depending on your soil type since moisture content plays an important role once it’s been tilled into the soil.
Mixing other organic materials like straw and leaves with hen droppings can make the process more efficient if you don’t have quite enough of it.
So why is dog poop so much cheaper to buy then?
Probably because it’s complete bullshit! I can’t think of any other reason, especially since we’re talking about dried shit in bags and not fresh shit underground when you have to pay someone to remove it from your yard. Some additives are added to the commercial stuff, but you’re free to do the same thing with your own “dog poop” at home if you choose.
But don’t forget what I told you earlier…it will smell a lot worse for a little while until everything has broken down into the soil and there’s no more odor left behind besides just dirt/grass as you would normally expect.